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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

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)
Patricia Da Silva Patricia Da Silva ... Maria's Mother
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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Storyline

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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Language:

German

Release Date:

10 March 1977 (West Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

Love Letters from a Portuguese Nun See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(DVD) | (director's cut)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

In 1963, this was announced as a project for Natalie Wood and her company Rona Productions. Whether it is the same story is unsure. 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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One of Franco's Finest
27 May 2004 | by lazarilloSee all my reviews

Many people accuse Jesus Franco of being a talentless hack, but he has an amazing ability to bring artistry and watchability, and occasionally even a little class, to some of the most sordid subject matter. It's hard to rave unreservedly about a movie that features a naked sixteen-year-old girl stretched out on a rack and tortured with a pair of metal tongs--a movie whose subject manner includes masturbating priests, lesbian nuns, satanic ritual sodomy, and all other manners of depravity and blasphemy--yet it's a testament to Franco that the film remains highly watchable and even manages to be somewhat of a serious historical indictment of the Catholic church. Since this at first seemed to be another of Franco's sick WIP movies, I was initially curious why he had cast the unknown Susan Hemingway in a role usually played by Lina Romay, but it turned out to be a good choice. You actually feel sympathy for Hemingway's innocent-looking character when she's tortured and sexually abused by corrupt and lecherous nuns and clergy, whereas these scenes probably would have been merely crass titillation if Romay (who was many things but innocent wasn't one of them) had played the role. This movie makes you wonder what Franco could have done if he'd ever made a serious film that did NOT plumb the depths of sexual violence and human depravity. But I guess it wouldn't really be a Franco movie then, would it?


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