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Love Letters of a Portuguese Nun (1977)

Die Liebesbriefe einer portugiesischen Nonne (original title)
16-year-old Maria is forced into Serra D'Aires convent, secretly run by Satanists. Her confessor is in collusion with the Mother Superior. Maria is tortured, forced into sex with men, women... See full summary »

Director:

Jesús Franco (as Jess Franco)

Writers:

Mariana Alcoforado (love letters), Erwin C. Dietrich (as Manfred Gregor) | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Susan Hemingway ... Maria Rosalea Coutinho
William Berger ... Father Vicente
Herbert Fux ... Satan
Ana Zanatti Ana Zanatti ... Mother Alma, the Grand Priestess
Aida Vargas Aida Vargas ... Joanna, a Nun (as Aida Kargas)
Vítor Mendes Vítor Mendes ... António Fernando Queiroz de Melo, the Mayor
Aida Gouveia Aida Gouveia ... Antónia, a Nun (as Isa Schneider)
Herman José Herman José ... Manuel Gonçalves, the Prince (as Hermann Krippahl)
José Viana José Viana ... The Grand Inquisitor (as Jose Viana)
Patrícia Leal Patrícia Leal ... Maria's Mother (as Patricia Da Silva)
Victor de Sousa Victor de Sousa ... Inquisitor's Aid
Nicolau Breyner Nicolau Breyner ... Prince's Aid
Clara Marabuto Clara Marabuto ... Josefina, a nun
Esther Studer Esther Studer ... Nun at ritual
Dagmar Bürger Dagmar Bürger ... Nun at ritual
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16-year-old Maria is forced into Serra D'Aires convent, secretly run by Satanists. Her confessor is in collusion with the Mother Superior. Maria is tortured, forced into sex with men, women, and the horned Devil, and told that it's all a bad dream. She writes a letter to God, and a Knight rescues her, only to fall into the hands of the Inquisition, put on the rack, and condemned to death like Joan of Arc. Written by Artemis-9

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Trivia

Actress Ana Zanatti did some nude scenes but it was unaware and caught by surprise when, years later, she discovered they used close ups with a body double. See more »

Alternate Versions

The UK cinema certificate was rejected by the BBFC in 1979. It was eventually released on DVD in 2004 after 6 minutes 15 secs of cuts which removed scenes of torture and nudity, as the lead actress was below the age of 18 when the movie was filmed. See more »

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References Rosemary's Baby (1968) See more »

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Franco's Consummate Masterpiece!
24 March 2000 | by Dr. OrloffSee all my reviews

Jess Franco's "Love Letters of a Portuguese Nun" is the perfect film to show anyone who thinks all that Jess Franco is capable of is zooming in and out of tasteless sex scenes. Instead of his usual epileptic zooms, the cinematography in this is measured and carefully composed. The acting is also another plus. William Berger's portrayal as the Father Confessor is the epitome of slime and pretense. Let's not forget Susan Hemingway and her effortless performance as the innocent heroine of the title. In closing, this is a MUST-SEE picture and proof that Franco could make a film that would cater to the arthouse crowd.


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Language:

German

Release Date:

10 March 1977 (West Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

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Runtime:

(DVD) | (director's cut)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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