The Devils is a 1971 British historical drama film written and directed by Ken Russell and starring Oliver Reed and Vanessa Redgrave. The film is a dramatised historical account of the rise and fall of Urbain Grandier, a 17th-century Roman Catholic priest accused of witchcraft following the supposed possessions in Loudun, France; it also focuses on Sister Jeanne des Anges, a sexually repressed nun who inadvertently incites the accusations.
In 17th-century France, Cardinal Richelieu is influencing Louis XIII in an attempt to gain further power. He convinces Louis that the fortifications of cities throughout France should be demolished to prevent Protestants from uprising. Louis agrees, but forbids Richelieu from carrying out demolitions in the town of Loudun, having made a promise to its Governor not to damage the town.
|author||Aldous Huxley Ken Russell|
|keywords||abbess angela merici arrest burn burning at the stake cardinal richelieu church claim confessor crucifix demented deprave devil drive enema exorcism femur force fornication fornicator high altar jeanne des anges loudun louis xiii mass psychogenic illness nouvelle-aquitaine obsess protestant relic religious frenzy sacrilege sacrilegious scoliosis show trial sister jeanne des anges the king uprise urbain grandier ursuline ursulines|
|musicBy||Peter Maxwell Davies|
|producer||Ken Russell Robert H. Solo|