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The Devil Is a Woman (1973)

Il sorriso del grande tentatore (original title)
R | | Drama | 1974 (UK)
The Mother Superior of a convent wields power in its most vicious forms. And as she as she destroys the people in her care, she herself becomes her own victim as she draws on all her spiritual powers to drive out the tempter.

Director:

Damiano Damiani

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Damiano Damiani (screenplay), Damiano Damiani (story) | 2 more credits »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Glenda Jackson ... Sister Geraldine
Claudio Cassinelli ... Rodolfo Solina
Lisa Harrow ... Emilia Contreras
Adolfo Celi ... Father Borelli
Duilio Del Prete ... Monsignor Salvi
Arnoldo Foà ... Monsignor Badensky
Gabriele Lavia ... Prince Ottavio Ranieri d'Aragona
Francisco Rabal ... Bishop Marquez
Rolf Tasna Rolf Tasna ... Monsignor Meitner
Eugenio Bottari Eugenio Bottari ... (as Eugenio Bottai)
Edoardo Canali Edoardo Canali
Edda Ferronao Edda Ferronao ... Kitchen maid
Ely Galleani ... Rodolfo's girlfriend
Margherita Horowitz Margherita Horowitz ... Prince Ottavio's mother
Fabrizio Jovine ... The Doctor
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The Mother Superior of a convent wields power in its most vicious forms. And as she as she destroys the people in her care, she herself becomes her own victim as she draws on all her spiritual powers to drive out the tempter.

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Perhaps the greatest sin of all is making love a sin. See more »

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Italy | UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

1974 (UK) See more »

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Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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A fascinating psychological portrayal of guilt and shame.
19 September 2001 | by saywhat2See all my reviews

I saw this film more than 25 years ago but I still think of it often. This is because it portrays the role of religion/the church as an external (outer) force which works with the internal drives of personality. It presents the humiliation and shame of the main character as something that will not be eradicated by removing her from a place that appears to be causing the shame, guilt and humiliation. These drives are often internal--the church didn't cause them. This movie portrays the church as a place that uses these negative constructs for its own purpose (and its evil!). With or without the church/religion, we are all fighting these demons anyway. Religion gives them a structure and way to deal with them. Psychotherapy works better!


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