Wednesday, July 3, 2013

The Nun of Monza (1969)

Director: Eriprando Visconti

Starring: Anne Heywood, Hardy Kruger, Antonio Sabato, Anna Maria Alegiani, Margarita Lozano, Giovanna galletti, Caterina Boratto, Renzo Giovampietro, Laura Belli, Maria Michi

More info: IMDb

Tagline: A true story taken from the archives of the archdiocese of Milan.

Plot: Based on real events during the 1600's in Spanish occupied Italy, THE NUN OF MONZA tells the story of young nobleman, Giampaolo (Sabata) who finds refuge in the convent of Monza after killing a traitor to Italy. The convent isn't the holiest of places though and the nuns, led by the Mother Superior (Heywood) begin to experience devilish tendencies which lead to rape, torture, blasphemous acts and death.

My rating: 6.5/10

Will I watch it again? Nah.

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

As far as I can tell, this is the first real Nunsploitation picture as we know the genre today.  It's also rather tame in comparison to the films that followed but it still delivers a bit of the ole exploitation we all crave...

And here's a little something for the toddlers in the audience...

That's the extent of the exploitation side of things.  There is a lot of hanky panky going on in the convent, including some nasty rape.  It's not nearly as exploitative as the films that followed but it's a right noble beginning to a sleazy ass genre that would bring a lot more depravity before it ran its course some ten years later.  SPOILER ALERT!!!   And,boy, was the ending harsh!  Virginia (Heywood) is sentenced for the crimes of fornication, witchcraft, etc and her punishment is death.  She's entombed in a small vertical section of a wall.  Ouch.

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