(242) THE DEVIL IS A WOMAN (1974) Glenda Jackson rarity
title IL SORRISO DEL GRANDE TENTATORE [Smile of the Great Tempter] also
known as THE TEMPTER (International
director: Damiano Damiani
starring: Glenda Jackson · Claudio Cassinelli · Lisa Harrow · Adolfo
Celi · Dulio Del Prete
Superior of a convent (Geraldine as played by Glenda Jackson) wields power
in its most vicious forms. And while she destroys the people in her care,
Sister Geraldine also becomes victim of her own mania as she attempts
to confront the Tempter. Claudio Cassanelli plays a writer
named Rodolfo Solina who agrees to help a monsignor [a Nazi collaborator
during the Holocaust] with an autobiography. With the priest, he moves
to a religious asylum (think "Cuckoo's Nest") headed
by a very controlling Mother Superior, essentially an ecclesiastical rendering
of "Nurse Ratchet." Others staying at the convent
include a nymphomaniac with blood on her hands, a frustrated woman with
bestiality tendencies, and a man incestuously involved with his sister.
During chaos after a suicide, Mother Superior Geraldine begins to suspect
that Rodolfo is the devil incarnate.
was the first feature film for actor Claudio Cassinelli. He would affiliate
himself with Sergio Martino for numerous subsequent projects including
DEATH OF A MINOR, ISLAND
OF FISHMEN, THE
GREAT ALLIGATOR, et al. He would make 50+ movies before
his untimely death in a helicopter crash during the filming of Martino's
Hands of Death in 1985. He was 46.
has been written of Glenda Jackson's unique performance here - an especially
odd choice for her - the only Euro project for this British-based, 2-time
Oscar winner. She brings a heady professional touch to the complicated
character of Mother Superior Geraldine. But, perhaps, the ultimate star
is composer Ennio Morricone who delivers an amazing, bombastic choral
Italian/British co-production in English language; uncut 105 minutes,
on a DVD encoded for ALL REGION NTSC WORLD FORMAT.
Extras include selected trailers.
For Mature Audiences