Polish Title: Matka Joanna od aniol≤w
English Title: Mother Joan of the Angels
Director: Jerzy Kawalerowicz
Size: 1.36 GB (1,467,892,513 bytes)
Video Codec: Xvid
Video Bitrate: 1691 kb/s
Resolution: 608x448 (1.36:1) [=19:14]
Qf: 0.248 bits/pixel
Audio Specs: 0x0055(MP3) I'd as MPEG-1 Layer 3
Audio Bitrate: 136 kb/s (68/ch, stereo) VBR
Fs: 48000 Hz
Runtime: 105 min
Description: A Mother superior in a 17th-century convent finds herself possessed by the Devil in this Polish drama set in a convent of Ursuline nuns. Several attempts are made to exorcise the demon. While four priests attempt to banish the spirit, two more are burned at the stake for impregnating her. All but one of the other nuns allow Satan's minions to enter their bodies. An extremely devout priest uses every power at his disposal to exorcise them. But even self-flagellation cannot stop them. In desperation, the priest consults an aged rabbi who suggests that the "demons" are really manifestations of human nature. The priest then finds himself becoming possessed by the Mother Superior. Suddenly he desires her body and soul. To prove his desire, he murders two stable grooms. He then encounters the one unpossessed nun who has just spent a night of lovemaking with an aristocrat who has since tossed her out. She is terribly upset and the priest advises her to go back to the convent and tell the Mother Superior of the lecherous man's misdeeds.
Ripped by hellboytr.
[Ripper's notes: This is my rip from SecondRun's fresh PAL R2 DVD, which is digitally remastered with restored image and sound. Nonetheless, a warning at the back of DVD case says that "Due to the age and condition of the best possible source for the film, there remains a steady amount of visual noise..."]
Senses of Cinema article:
Kawalerowicz interview at Kinoeye:
Filmref on Kawalerowicz:
Second Run Page:
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