Images in a Convent (1979)

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Images in a Convent (1979)
Immagini di un convento (original title)

Locked behind the walls of a convent are an order of beautiful nuns whose vows force them to forget the pleasures of sexual contact. Crazed with lust and desire many of the nuns pleasure themselves and each other in fear of the Mother Superior. One night a wounded man is found on the grounds of the convent and is brought inside to be healed. He becomes the focus of the young nuns' desires as each one tries to visit this young man. But along with him has come the evil force of Satan. A local priest proceeds to exorcise the demon from within the holy building driving the nuns into a delirium of sexual madness.
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Creators
Director Joe D'Amato
Writer Joe D'Amato
Information
Release Date1979-08-07
Runtime1h 22mins
GenreDrama, Thriller
Content Rating
Awards
CompanyKristal Film
CountryItaly
LanguageItalian
Guido / Lieutenant
Sister Consolata
Sister Veronica
Sister Marta (as Marina Hadman Bellis)
Maria Rosaria Riuzzi
Maria Rosaria Riuzzi
Sister Giulia
Nana Aslanoglu
Nana Aslanoglu
Mother Superior (as Aïché Nana)
Marina Ambrosini
Marina Ambrosini
Ferruccio Fregonese
Ferruccio Fregonese
Del Lario / Cardinal
Father Arnoldo / the exorcist
Pietro Zardini
Pietro Zardini
Cesco / the gardener
Brunello Chiodetti
Brunello Chiodetti
Don Ascanio / Isabella's uncle
Sylviane Anne Marie Plard
Sylviane Anne Marie Plard

Images in a Convent

Images in a Convent (Italian: Immagini di un convento) is a 1979 sexploitation film by Italian cult filmmaker Joe D'Amato starring Paola Senatore, Marina Hedman and Donald O'Brien.

The film belongs to the 'nunsploitation' subgenre. It contains strong scenes of graphic violence relating to demonic possession and is among few films containing original hardcore pornography that already passed Italian censorship in 1979 and were projected in some Italian cinemas. It includes explicit lesbianic depictions of digital penetration and cunnilingus.


Plot

Behind the walls of a secluded convent, the nuns commit sexual acts at night with each other, while living in fear that their Mother Superior may learn of their transgressions.

One day, an injured man appears at the convent and the sisters take him in. One by one, the nuns become attracted to the man and take turns visiting his room at night. Unbeknownst to them, Satan has also entered the convent and is turning the nuns into horny sinners.

Finally, an exorcist is sent to the convent to drive out Satan and restore godliness to the monastery's lustful inhabitants.


Cast

Credited:

  • Paola Senatore: Isabella
  • Marina Hedman: suor Marta
  • Paola Maiolini: suor Consolata
  • Angelo Arquilla: Lieutenant Guido Bencio
  • Aïché Nana: Sister Angela, the Mother Superior
  • Maria Rosaria Riuzzi: Sister Giulia
  • Giovanna Mainardi: Sister Veronica
  • Ferrucio Fregonese: Cardinal Del Lario
  • Plard Sylviane Anne Marie
  • Pietro Zardini: Cesco, the gardener
  • Brunello Chiodetti: Don Ascanio, Isabella's uncle
  • Donald O'Brien: Father Arnoldo, the exorcist

Uncredited:

  • Giuseppe Curia: one of the two bandits who rape Sister Marta
  • Sisto Brunetti: the other bandit

Production

The film's working title was La casa del dio sconosciuto (literal translation: "The house of the unknown god"). The initial cast as officially deposited was Gloria Guida as Isabella and Gabriele Tinti as Guido Bencio, Paola Arduini as Sister Lucrezia and Anna Maria Romoli as Sister Marta.


Literary and cinematic influences

On the pages preceding the copy of the script deposited at the Ministerio Dello Spettacolo on February 24, 1979, it says that the film is "very loosely inspired by Prosper Mérimée's La Vénus d'Ille before quoting Blaise Pascal's saying, "The last function of reason is to recognize that there are an infinity of things which surpass it".

The main cinematic influence was Walerian Borowczyk's Interno di un convento (1977; literally: Interior of a Convent; English title: Behind Convent Walls), which claimed to be influenced by Stendhal's Promenades romaines just as Immagini di un convento claims to be inspired by La Religieuse by Denis Diderot. However, the only parallels between the film and Diderot's novel are the general immorality of the clergy, the arrival of an aristocratic novice without vocation at a convent, and the wounded officer.


Release

Theatrical

The film was released in Italy on August 7, 1979, and was screened in 4 cities (including Turin and Milan) with a total of 14.307 spectators in the first year.

In France, the film was released theatrically in February 1981 under the title Les amours interdites d'une religieuse.

Home video

In Italy, the film was released on VHS in its soft version by Avo, Vega Video, and New Video, and in a hard version by Shendene & Moizzi, which however lacks the introductory part with Paola Senatore and Brunello Chiodetti.

In the Netherlands, the Italian version was published under the title Intieme Kloosterbeelden by VFP (Video for Pleasure). In Greece, the hard version was published on VHS in Italian with Greek subtitles with a few cuts, among them the sequence with Senatore and Chiodetti.

In the United States, the film was released on June 14, 2005, as Images in a Convent on DVD by Media Blasters in its hard version from which three minutes of Marina Ambrosini's scene of diabolical possession were cut. It contains the film only in its Italian dub with non-removable yellow English subtitles.


Film connections

In 1986, D'Amato directed another nunsploitation film, Convent of Sinners.


Reception

When he first saw the film at the red light cinema "Il Filodrammatico" in Trieste, film critic Marco Giusti remembers being impressed, also because he did not expect real penetrations; "after all, it was about nuns...".


Bibliography

  • Giusti, Marco (1999). dizionario dei film italiani STRACULT. Cles: Sterling & Kupfer. ISBN 88-200-2919-7.
  • Grattarola, Franco; Napoli, Andrea (2014). Luce Rossa. La nascita e le prime fasi del cinema pornografico in Italia. Roma: Iacobelli Editore. ISBN 9788862522137.

External links

  • Images in a Convent at IMDb