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The Lady of Monza (1969)

La monaca di Monza (original title)
R | | Biography, Drama | May 1970 (USA)
A film loosely based on real life events of Marianna De Leyva, better known as "The Nun of Monza," a 17th century nun accused of and tried by the church for breaking celibacy and plotting murder.

Director:

Eriprando Visconti

Writers:

Giampiero Bona (as Gian Piero Bona), Edward Bond (dialogue) | 2 more credits »
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Complete credited cast:
Anne Heywood ... Virginia de Leyva
Hardy Krüger ... Father Paolo Arrigone
Antonio Sabato ... Giampaolo Osio
Anna Maria Alegiani Anna Maria Alegiani ... Sister Ottavia Ricci
Margarita Lozano ... Sister Benedetta Homati (as Margherita Lozano)
Giovanna Galletti ... Sister Angela Sacchi (as Giovanna Galetti)
Caterina Boratto ... Sister Francesca Imbersaga
Renzo Giovampietro Renzo Giovampietro ... Vicar Saraceno
Laura Belli ... Sister Candida Colomba
Maria Michi ... Sister Bianca Homati
Rita Calderoni Rita Calderoni ... Isabella
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Michel Bardinet Michel Bardinet ... Giovanni degli Hortensi
Pier Paolo Capponi ... Count Taverna
Francesco Carnelutti Francesco Carnelutti ... Cantastorie
Tino Carraro Tino Carraro ... Monsignor Barrea
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A film loosely based on real life events of Marianna De Leyva, better known as "The Nun of Monza," a 17th century nun accused of and tried by the church for breaking celibacy and plotting murder.

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Her other love is God. See more »

Genres:

Biography | Drama

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Luchino Visconti had tried to make this with Sophia Loren, but it never materialized. See more »

Connections

Version of The True Story of the Nun of Monza (1980) See more »

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Church of Sinners
22 November 2006 | by glciiiSee all my reviews

The Catholic Church is a church of sinners. Every Christian, in fact, is a sinner struggling to become a saint. The Lady of Monza is one such sinner. That's why the movie is riveting, because everyone identifies with the hypocrisy, the cover-ups, and everything understandably expected of in a regimented life as the nunnery. It is a well defined movie. It knows what it is telling about. At the end of the day, the nun is locked up, or rather appears to be entombed, inside what seems to be an ecclesiastical dungeon. This is the redeeming virtue of the movie: Crime must be punished. Never mind if the nun is the Mother Superior. Never mind if she is a lady with connections to the Royal Court of Madrid. The characters are tri-dimensional. Each one prepares his own bed. This, per se, makes the film so irresistibly captivating in its brilliance. Like it or not, this film deserves a flat 10 pure and simple.


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Country:

Italy

Language:

Italian

Release Date:

May 1970 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Budget:

$2,500,000 (estimated)
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Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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