Ken russell tackled records in 1971 with “the devils,” an variation of aldous huxley’s “the devils of loudon.” the film depicts the real-life account of urbain grandier, a seventeenth century priest accused of witchcraft with the aid of a sexually repressed nun, the hunchbacked sister jeanne.
Russell dives deep into the spiritual hypocrisy and sacrilegious imagery, turning records into infamy, and singlehandedly giving start to the nunsploitation style. One of the film’s most divisive scenes, nicknamed the “rape of christ” suggests the abbey’s nuns walking rampant with sexual ecstasy, turning the church into a brothel, as orgies break out, monks masturbate into pages of the bible, and a bevy of bare nuns begin molesting a giant crucifix in orgasmic pleasure. Possibly unsurprisingly, “the devils” turned into banned, rated x, and heavily censored upon launch, and while variations of the movie have eventually end up available to look at, the true director’s cut has by no means been launched. Still, it remains a fascinating rumination at the corruption of electricity and the chance whilst sexual repression bleeds into hysteria.