of Jess Franco's Greatest... Now Fully Uncut!
German Title: DIE LIEBESBRIEFE EINER PORTUGIESISCHEN NOONE
[Love Letters from a Portuguese Nun]]
director: Jess Franco
starring Susan Hemingway · William Berger · Herbert Fux
· Ana Zanatti · Aida Kargas · Vitor Mendes
Maria is forced into Serra D'aires convent, secret run by Satanists.
Maria is tortured, raped (by men, women and even the devil himself)
and told that it's all a bad dream. After she tries to run away from
the convent, Maria is captured and subjected to even greater torment
the hands of the Inquisition. She writes a 'love letter' to God hoping
for a divine intervention.
is one of nine films directed by Jess Franco in 1977, an especially
astonishing feat because it does not lack from his rushed agenda. Rather,
quite the opposite is true. This is a fully realized narrative with
stellar set pieces and good performances. Interestingly, many of his
other films from that year (THE
WITHOUT INNOCENCE) can also be counted as examples of Jesus
Franco at his peak.
this film was completed and ready for release in 1977, severe censorship
problems kept it from seeing distribution until the following year (with
11 minutes scissored out). This is the original uncut 90 minute print.