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Mother Joan of the Angels (1961)

Matka Joanna od Aniolów (original title)
A priest is sent to a small parish in the Polish countryside which is believed to be under demonic possession and there he finds his own temptations awaiting.

Director:

Jerzy Kawalerowicz

Writers:

Jaroslaw Iwaszkiewicz (novel), Tadeusz Konwicki (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Lucyna Winnicka ... Mother Joan of the Angels
Mieczyslaw Voit ... Father Jozef Suryn / Rabbi
Anna Ciepielewska ... Sister Malgorzata / Margareth
Maria Chwalibóg ... Antosia / Girl at the Inn
Kazimierz Fabisiak ... Father Brym
Stanislaw Jasiukiewicz ... Chrzaszczewski / Squire
Zygmunt Zintel ... Wincenty Wolodkowicz / Innkeeper
Jerzy Kaczmarek Jerzy Kaczmarek ... Kaziuk
Franciszek Pieczka ... Odryn
Jaroslaw Kuszewski Jaroslaw Kuszewski ... Juraj
Lech Wojciechowski ... Piatkowski
Marian Nosek Marian Nosek ... Dominican Priest
Jerzy Walden Jerzy Walden ... Dominican Priest
Marian Nowak Marian Nowak
Zygmunt Malawski ... Exorcist
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Set in the 17th century. A convent in a small town is being visited by high-ranking Catholic official trying to exorcise the nun supposedly posessed by demons. A local priest have been burnt for creating this condition by sexual temptation of the nuns, especially the Mother superior who bring on the collective hysteria of the group. There is another young priest who is to help with the exorcism. His first meeting with the convent head, Mother Joanne of the Angels, has her seemingly posessed by Satan - she yells blasphemies and incites the priest. She begs the priest to save her and to help her to be a saint. Written by Polish Cinema Database <http://info.fuw.edu.pl/Filmy/>

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Drama | Horror | Mystery

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Trivia

Based on the same 17th century historical incident that was also the basis for Ken Russell's "The Devils". See more »

Quotes

Father Jozef Suryn: All redemption is in love. Love is as strong as death.
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Connections

Version of The Bloody Judge (1970) See more »

Soundtracks

Theme Music
Performed by the The Polish Radio Choir (as Polish Radio Choirs)
Conducted by Tadeusz Dobrzanski
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Bleakly beautiful
27 October 2014 | by ben-345-739716See all my reviews

A slow-burn horror for the imagination, atmospheric and superbly acted, the players get more expression from their eyes than I've seen in any film since the silent days. Yet the voices of the 'devils' as they speak through Mother Joanna are all scarily differentiated. A great setting, empty and expressionist, which I believe was a rubbish tip or an old quarry near Lodz. The convent set was, like Black Narcissus, entirely a studio construction. I can't remember the last time I saw such crisp pellucid black and white photography. In plot terms, this is a sequel to Ken Russell's The Devils, near the beginning we see the stake where Grandier (his name changed to something a bit more Polish-sounding) had been burnt. There are no more burnings in this film, but the shadow of the stake overhangs the action, underlining that even when a story ends, the characters go on. As they will go on in your mind after you've watched this film. You'll talk about it - What will happen to them next?


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Country:

Poland

Language:

Polish | Latin

Release Date:

9 February 1961 (Poland) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Józefów, Lódzkie, Poland

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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