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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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Cast

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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A true story taken from the archives of the archdiocese of Milan. See more »

Genres:

Biography | Drama

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »
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Country:

Italy

Language:

Italian

Release Date:

May 1970 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Lady of Monza See more »

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Budget:

$2,500,000 (estimated)
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

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

Connections

Version of Virginia, la monaca di Monza (2004) See more »

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Pretentious.
19 August 2007 | by dmacewenSee all my reviews

I found this film to be pompous hogwash: much more honest and interesting films dealing with the same subject matter have been made by exploitation directors like Jess Franco and Joe D'Amato. Try Franco's The Sex Demons, Joe D'Amato's Images in a Convent, Mingozzi's Flavia the Heretic, or Bruno Mattei's True Story of the Nun of Monza. In fact, Franco, at his best, could run circles around so-called "serious" directors who churned out pretentious "respectable" films such as this one. Skip it and stick with the others I named. And if you like them, you might want to branch out and try some of their other works, such as Franco's Soledad Miranda trilogy.


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