La Religieuse

La Religieuse

Anna Karina
Director: Jacques Rivette Cast: Anna Karina
Anna Karina
, Liselotte Pulver
Liselotte Pulver
, Micheline Presle
Micheline Presle
Jacques Rivette

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Overview

This critically acclaimed moral drama is taken from a book written in 1760 by Denis Diderot. Suzanne (Anna Karina) is an intelligent, freedom-loving woman who is forced into a convent against her will. The fact that she was sired by a man who is not her mother's husband -- and that a suitable dowry cannot be paid for her -- bring her to the church. Suzanne endures continual harassment from one Mother Superior (Micheline Presle). Transferred to a different convent, she becomes subject to lesbian leanings from another Mother Superior (Liselotte Pulver), who flees with a priest (Francisco Rabal) who says he too was forced into a life of religion. The controversial subject matter caused the feature to be banned for two years, despite assurances to director Jacques Rivette by censors. The subsequent ban helped the film (shown at the Cannes Film Festival in 1966) gain more recognition. Rivette's cynical references to Catholicism as the ultimate theater enraged the Catholic Film Office, the agency that spearheaded the opposition to the film.


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Product Details

Release Date: 05/28/2019
UPC: 0738329237394
Original Release: 1966
Rating: NR
Source: Kino Classics
Region Code: 1
Time: 2:20:00
Sales rank: 44,089

Special Features

Audio commentary by film critic Nick Pinkerton; Suzanne Simonin, La Scandaleuse, a new making-of documentary (29 minutes); Trailer

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Anna Karina Suzanne Simonin
Liselotte Pulver Mme. de Chelles
Micheline Presle Mme. de Moni
Francine Bergé Sister St. Christine
Francisco Rabal Dom Morel
Yori Bertin Sister St. Therese
Catherine Diamant Sister St. Cecile
Christiane Lenier Mme. Simonin
Wolfgang Reichmann Father Lemoine
Jean Martin Actor

Technical Credits
Jacques Rivette Director,Screenwriter
Georges de Beauregard Producer
Denise de Casabianca Editor
René Demoulin Production Manager
Jean-Claude Eloy Score Composer
Jean-Jacques Fabri Art Director
Francoise Geissler Editor
Jean Gruault Screenwriter
Alain Levent Cinematographer
Gitt Magrini Costumes/Costume Designer
Harold Salemson Editor

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- The Nun (La Religieuse)
1. Paris, 1757 [14:41]
2. Motherly Disgust [14:54]
3. Taking The Veil [16:23]
4. Confession [13:39]
5. Possessed [15:55]
6. Renouncing Satan [14:44]
7. New Girl [14:31]
8. Motherly Lust [11:45]
9. Avoiding Superior [15:15]
10. Damned Together [8:50]

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