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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


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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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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 »


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Walerina Borowczyk - cynical smut peddler or misunderstood maker of art movies? You decide. I'm still thinking about it!
2 September 2003 | by InfofreakSee all my reviews

This is the fourth movie by Walerian Borowczyk that I've seen (after 'Goto, the Island Of Love', 'The Beast', and 'Dr Jekyll and His Women', all of which I highly recommend), and the more I see of his work, the more I like it, but also the less I understand where he is coming from. Jess Franco and Jean Rollin were blurring the boundaries between art and exploitation movies around the same time as Borowczyk, but they are both a little easier to get a handle on. What Borowczyk was aiming for in 'Behind Convent Walls' is difficult to work out, but it's fascinating viewing nevertheless. I suppose "nunsploitation" is an apt description of the movie, but it is quite unlike other examples of that genre I have seen that were made after the success of Ken Russell's 'The Devils' (e.g. 'The Sinful Nuns Of Saint Valentine' or my personal favourite 'Flavia The Heretic'). Borowczyk's approach is very different from those other movies, and 'Behind Convent Walls', despite it's most notorious scene (more on that in a minute), is quite tame compared to the eye-popping quasi-porn of 'The Beast'. This movie is mainly silly and smutty and not all that explicit as you would imagine from the title and Borowczyk's reputation. There are lots of shots of half naked nuns or nuns in their undies cavorting around,etc.etc. and it is even quite innocent for the most part. The most notorious scene in the movie, which has gone down in exploitation movie legend, is often censored from most prints (but fortunately not the version I watched), and involves an amorous nun using a homemade dildo with the face of Jesus stuck on it. It's quite a surprise when it happens, and unlike most of the rest of the movie. In some ways I was disappointed with 'Behind Convent Walls', but in other ways it was better than I expected. If that sounds confused, yes it is, but it's an honest reflection of how I feel about Borowczyk's perplexing work. He's without doubt one of the most interesting and unusual directors of all time, and his movies will make you question your preconceived ideas of what a movie can/should be. Cynical smut peddler or misunderstood maker of art movies? You decide. I'm still thinking about it!

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