166 CONVENT OF CASTRO (1974) Barbara Bouchet inquisition tale
Bouchet in Inquisition Nunsploitation Film
Italian Title: LA BADESSA DI CASTRO [the Abbess of Castro]
also known as THE ABBEY OF CASTRO and CASTRO CONVENT
director: Armando Crispino
starring: Barbara Bouchet · Pier Paolo Capponi · Ida Galli
(as Evelyn Stewart) · Antonio Cantafora
Bouchet plays Elena di Campireali, a young woman (circa 1550) forced
into the 'Convent of the Visitation of Castro' by her mother in an attempt
to stop Elena's affair with an undesirable suitor. Once enrolled, she
quickly advances to the Mother Superior position - due to her family's
power and wealth - thus incurring the hatred of rival nun Margherita.
Eventually, Sister Elena is seduced and impregnated by womanizing Bishop
Francesco Cittadini, an event that leads to a fullscale torturous Inquisition.
film is based on the 1839 novel by French writer Stendhal (alias Henri
Beyle) and has been the source material for numerous other nunsploitation
OF ST ARCHANGEL, BEHIND
CONVENT WALLS, et al). Director Armando Crispino is mostly
associated with quirky horror films, notably ETRUSCAN
KILLS AGAIN and Spaghetti Westerns (JOHN
THE BASTARD). Mr Crispino died in October 2003 at age 78 from
a heart attack.
An Italian film
with English subtitles; fullscreen format, uncut (93 minutes),
DVD encoded for ALL REGION NTSC WORLD FORMAT. Extras include trailers.
Violence/Sexual Brutality/Inquisition Torture
For Mature Audiences