THE DEVILS (1971)

"I've waited a long time to scratch 'The Devils' off of my cinephile bucket list, and can happily say it exceeded all my expectations. Underneath all the sacrilegious sensory overload; lies a compelling story about love, corruption, humility, and pride. All of these topics are tackled gracefully and intellectually."

In 17th-century France, Father Grandier (Oliver Reed) is a priest whose unorthodox views on sex and religion influence a passionate following of nuns, including the sexually obsessed Sister Jeanne (Vanessa Redgrave). When the power-hungry Cardinal Richelieu (Christopher Logue) realizes he must eliminate Grandier to gain control of France, Richelieu portrays Grandier as a satanist and spearheads a public outcry to destroy the once-loved priest's reputation.