Saturday, July 13, 2013

Story of a Cloistered Nun (1973)

Director: Domenico Paolella

Starring: Catherine Spaak, Suzy Kendall, Eleonora Giorgi, Martine Brochard, Ann Odessa, Antonio Falsi, Umberto Orsini, Tino Carraro, Konrad Georg, Isabelle Marchall, Caterina Boratto

More info: IMDb

Plot: Carmela, who was promised to a powerful family's son at birth, falls in love with another man, refuses to renounce him, and is sent to a nunnery by her shocked parents. Once there, she first undergoes degradation to acclimatize her to convent life; then she experiences rampant lesbianism by the repressed nuns, and becomes pregnant by her lover. Finally, her refusal to accede to one nun's lascivious lesbian advances leads to plotting and treachery, and her lover being murdered out of jealousy. Her life now ruined, she further scandalises her family by refusing to take her vows, and leaves the convent, devoting her existence to those in need. Claims to be based on a true story.

My rating: 7/10

Will I watch it again? Maybe.

Part of the Nunsploitation Project (July & August 2013). Click here for more naughty nun insanity!

This Nunsploitation classic is closer to an arthouse drama than a religious sleazefest. It's a great looking picture with shot composition and lighting and it brings the nudity right from the start!

Those two kids have been promised to each other in marriage when they grow up.  Since Carmela won't have any of that and falls for another man, her family forces her to become a nun at a nasty convent.

That's no moon.  It's a Space Convent!

It's funny because watching these Nunsploitation pictures gives you the idea that nuns are mostly hot chicks horny for some action, male or female.  I can dig it.  And when the girls fuck up and break the rules?

Sometimes they can't take it any longer and discover there's only one way out...death!

Such pretty death, too.  There's a little bit of torture in this one but a lot of it is simple power plays by the Mother Superior who gets off on that shit.  What's that?  Can't get the new hot girl to eat you out?  Break her, and if that doesn't work then kill her boyfriend.


Like I said at the top, there's a good deal of exploitation but it's leaning more toward a well-crafted drama than raunchy entertainment.  It works well with this picture.  I LOVED the "I am Spartacus!" ending.  That was terrific.  It's got a good score by Piero Piccioni (I dig this guy's work), too, and the performances are solid.  To recap, we learn once again that nuns are almost always hot with smokin' bodies and they're horndogs looking for some action at every turn.

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