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Interno di un convento (1978)

A zealous, handsome priest, who is the confessor for a convent full of women, encourages the equally zealous abbess of one such institution to enforce the same strict rules on these ... See full summary »


Walerian Borowczyk


Walerian Borowczyk, Stendhal (novel)

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Ligia Branice ... Sister Clara
Howard Ross Howard Ross ... Rodrigo Landriani
Marina Pierro ... Sister Veronica
Gabriella Giacobbe Gabriella Giacobbe ... Abbess Flavia Orsini
Rodolfo Dal Pra Rodolfo Dal Pra ... Bishop
Loredana Martinez Loredana Martinez ... Sister Martina (as Loredana Martínez)
Mario Maranzana Mario Maranzana ... Father Confessor
Alex Partexano Alex Partexano ... Silva (as Alessandro Partexano)
Olivia Pascal
Gina Rovere Gina Rovere
Dora Calindri Dora Calindri
Francesca Balletta Francesca Balletta
Maria Cumani Quasimodo ... (as Maria Cumari Quasimodo)
Carole Fouanon Carole Fouanon ... (as Raymonde Carole Fouanon)
Miana Merisi Miana Merisi


A zealous, handsome priest, who is the confessor for a convent full of women, encourages the equally zealous abbess of one such institution to enforce the same strict rules on these unfortunate women that are applied to others. In doing so, they uncover a snake pit of sexual couplings, both lesbian and heterosexual, as well as many tools for masturbation. At the same time, a particularly disturbed inmate manages to poison herself and many of the other novitiates in yet another scandal which is covered up by church authorities. Written by Ørnås

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26 January 1978 (Italy) See more »

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Within a Cloister See more »

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1.85 : 1
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This film was released uncut in the UK under the title "Interieur d'un Couvent" in 2003. It was previously cut for its cinema release by 24 seconds, these cuts were maintained in the 1996 video release. See more »


Referenced in Ban the Sadist Videos! (2005) See more »

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Convent erotica from Walerian Borowczyk
13 January 2007 | by FalconeerSee all my reviews

A stern Mother Superior tries to maintain order in the convent, and to protect the nuns from evil temptation in this beautifully wrought 'nunsploitation' film from cult director Walerian Borowczyk. While the plot here is standard fare, it is the breathtaking imagery that takes center stage, and makes this film so special. One of the most 'fluid' films I have ever seen, the characters and the images are constantly moving, an effect helped to some degree by the hand-held camera technique. White is the predominant color here, as sunlight streams through the windows of the convent, illuminating the naturally beautiful nuns as they go about their days, gathering roses, preparing food, masturbating and copulating (!). All this while the mother superior races around, spying and searching the bed chambers of the nuns, forever looking for evidence of sin. Religious imagery abounds, in the form of bleeding stigmata and a dildo with the face of Jesus etched onto it. Light and comical at times, but turning considerably darker towards the films climax. The cinematographer also worked on Argento's 'Suspiria', which explains this films gorgeous look. It would certainly be a shame and do great injustice to Borowczyk's beautiful film to place it in the same category as the 'nusploit' dreck of Joe D'Amato and some of the others, as 'Interno di un Convento' is on another level entirely. This is my favorite film from Borowczyk next to his "La Marge" with Sylvia Kristel and Joe Dallesandro. And of the 'nunsploit genre, 'Behind Convent Walls' is one of the absolute finest examples, along with "The Nuns of Verona", "Sacrilege", and the dazzling Japanese "Convent of the Holy Beast". I have yet to see Jess Franco's "Love Letters of A Portuguese Nun", but I heard this is quite good as well. For Behind Convent Walls' there is a great new DVD featuring a beautiful widescreen transfer, and including extra information on Borowczyk's work.

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