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The Monk (1972)

Le moine (original title)
Ambrosio is a monk who is sexually tempted by an emissary of the Devil, a young girl in monk's robes.

Director:

Adonis Kyrou (as Ado Kyrou)

Writers:

Luis Buñuel (screenplay) (as Luis Bunuel), Jean-Claude Carrière (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Franco Nero ... Ambrosio
Nathalie Delon ... Mathilde
Nicol Williamson ... The Duke of Talamur
Nadja Tiller ... Elvira (as Nadia Tiller)
Eliana De Santis Eliana De Santis ... Antonia
Agnès Capri Agnès Capri
Denis Manuel Denis Manuel ... The Great Inquisitor
Maria Machado
Philippe Clévenot Philippe Clévenot
Louise Chevalier Louise Chevalier
Laure Moutoussamy Laure Moutoussamy
Armand Meffre Armand Meffre
Elisabeth Wiener ... Agnès (as Elisabette Wiener)
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Ambrosio is a monk who is sexually tempted by an emissary of the Devil, a young girl in monk's robes.

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Drama | Horror

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Country:

France | Italy | West Germany

Language:

English

Release Date:

2 November 1972 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

The Monk See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)
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Luis Bunuel had twice tried to get this project off the ground. First in the 50's with Gerald Philippe, and then again in the 60's, when he had Omar Sharif or Alain Delon lined up opposite Jeanne Moreau and Michel Piccoli. Neither attempts materialised. See more »

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Extraordinary film that I didn't even know existed
26 August 2013 | by christopher-underwoodSee all my reviews

Extraordinary film that I didn't even know existed. I always new that Bunuel had wanted to make this film and had heard that he had scripted it, but that the Greek, Adonis Kyrow, a writer on surrealism, had actually got it together in 1972 comes as a revelation. it has, of course to turn out to be a bit of a let down but certainly has a lot going for it. It stars, Franco Nero, Nathalie Delon and Nicol Williamson and all are fine, Nero has been criticised but i thought it a strong performance, Delon too, although maybe she looked just a little too gorgeous, especially if she has been mistaken for a guy and Williamson is a delight, although he just might be sending up the proceedings! Extreme and without a shred of morality, this is a major attack upon the notion of self sacrifice, the supposed wonders of chastity and all of organised religion, the Catholic Church in particular. My print, in English was a little dark and erratic quality dub but is so different a film, so startlingly Sadean that it is an essential view for anyone interested in film on the edge.


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