Mother Joan of the Angels (Matka Joanna od aniolów) (1961)
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The imagery in Mother Joan of the Angels is full if robust symbolism and beautiful, if increasingly more complex and sinister, compositions.
Audience Reviews for Mother Joan of the Angels (Matka Joanna od aniolów)
Jerzy Kawalerowicz's art horror, it's not just one of the best films about faith and religion, but also could bring a big debate about the theme. William Friedkin's The Exorcist, for certain was inspired in this 60's classic with great actings by the cast. Surrealist, tense and surprising. Fresh.
this amazing film stands in great contrast to ken russell's wild tale of possessed nuns, 'the devils'. also based on historical events in loudun, france in 1634, this film begins after the burning of the priest, urbain grandier, who was likely the victim of a political frameup engineered by the powerful cardinal richelieu. both films take the story at face value, suggesting if not literal demonic possession, at least sexual repression leading to mass hysteria. however this polish film couldn't be more unlike russell's psychedelic riot, choosing austere black and white minimalism to reproduce the medieval atmosphere. the haunting horror tale is also a love story between the possessed mother superior and her exorcisor. for as a hostile kabbalist tells the bewildered priest who reluctantly seeks his advice, love is at the root of everything on earth.
Intriguing drama with splashes of disturbing psychological horror. Kawalerowicz took a similar approach to Dreyer and his Joan of Arc, doing many close ups and trying to dive into existential issues as faith, corruption of the soul, and free will.
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