The Nun (1966), got banned twice for theatrical release!



The Nun (La Religieuse)

Directed by Jacques Rivette

France, 1966

Drama

Running Length 140 mins


Synopsis

Around 1750, a girl is forced against her will to take vows as a nun. Three mothers superior treat her in radically different ways, ranging from maternal concern to sadistic persecution, to lesbian desire. When she asks to renounce her vows, she finds herself caught in a fatal trap.


This film was twice approved by the censorship board and both times it got banned by the ministry of information, due to its depictions of high authority catholic figures. Also, this film was condemned by the catholic church.


Our take from this film:

Piercing sounds of church bells drown out several passages within the film. The ringing purposefully captured at an uncomfortably loud octave encompasses our ears. The dialogue may be lost in the process, but the impact is heightened. The sound design of La Religieuse contributes strongly to empathizing with Suzanne, as it clearly translates her anxiety and loneliness.


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JACQUES RIVETTE

Director | Screenwriter | Actor


“What's important for me in a film is that it be alive, that it be imbued with presence, which is basically the same thing. And that this presence, inscribed within the film, possesses a form of magic. There's something profoundly mysterious in this.”


FUN FACT:

The Nun - prequel of the Conjuring series got released in 2018. This film was adapted from The Nun(1966) which is the actual prequel of this film.

One thing we learned from old filmmakers, they're the creators in those times. In this century, we just upgrade the films just like a software update.



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