The Devils


Introduced by Director Bernard Rose

There are films and then there is THE DEVILS.

Originally released in 1971, Ken Russell’s powder keg of possession, witchcraft and sexual repression was immediately met with uproar by governments, censors and the Catholic Church alike. Despite being banned across the world THE DEVILS represents far more than the controversy that has plagued it since it first obliterated organized religion and an unsuspecting public still giddy from the mop-topped, pop fever of the swinging sixties.

Based loosely on Aldous Huxley’s The Devils of Loudun, THE DEVILS depicts the fall of the lascivious Urbain Grandier, a 17th-century priest who defiles the church he is appointed to enshrine. As Grandier, Oliver Reed immerses himself completely delivering a performance that is a visceral tour de force. Not to be outdone, Vanessa Redgrave is extraordinary as the deformed Sister Jeanne, Grandier’s sexually obsessed foil.

44 years after its butchered birth, Russell’s unholy masterpiece is as incendiary today as it was upon release: it remains a singular experience transcending its medium and genre to a state of disturbed high art.

That THE DEVILS isn’t readily accessible is one of the great crimes of contemporary cinema. As a result, we are incredibly proud to present a rare 35mm print (for only the third time in the US): this isn’t a screening this is an event.

If your world isn’t smashed by THE DEVILS, I’ll personally refund your ticket after the final reel unspools.

Christian Parkes

Special thanks to Warner Bros.

Director: Ken Russell
Country: England
Runtime: 107 minutes
Year: 1971


“A grand fiesta for sadists and perverts.” New York Magazine

“One of the most important films ever made.” Alex Cox