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Philip French's classic DVD: The Devils

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div class="track"img alt="" src="http://hits.guardian.co.uk/b/ss/guardiangu-feeds/1/H.22.4/27513?ns=guardianpageName=Philip+French%27s+classic+DVD%3A+The+Devils%3AArticle%3A1721039ch=Filmc3=Obsc4=Ken+Russell%2CVanessa+Redgrave%2CAldous+Huxley+%28Author%29%2CDVD+and+video+reviews%2CFilm%2CCulture%2CBooksc5=Unclassified%2CFilm+Awards%2CNot+commercially+useful%2CFilm+Reviewsc6=Philip+Frenchc7=12-Mar-25c8=1721039c9=Articlec10=Reviewc11=Filmc13=Philip+French%27s+classic+DVD+%28series%29c25=c30=contentc42=Cultureh2=GU%2FCulture%2FFilm%2FKen+Russell" width="1" height="1" //divp class="standfirst"(Ken Russell, 1971, BFI, 1Cool/ppKen Russell's best work was done by the early 1970s. First his poetic a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OGpEZldGgaI" title=""TV essays on Elgar/a and a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=usPub-fNrdg" title=""Delius/a. Then, for the big screen, hisa href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b3iL8euEvO4" title="" bravely flamboyant adaptation of Lawrence's emWomen in Love/em/a and this sensational adaptation of John Whiting's 1961 RSC play, based on emThe Devils of Loudun/em, Aldous Huxley's remarkable 1952 study of how the church and state conspired to exploit an apparent case of demonic possession in 17th-century France in order to destroy Father a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Urbain_Grandier" title=""Urbain Grandier/a, a charismatic libertine who challenged their authority. The censors, the film's Hollywood producers and the tabloid press reacted to the film much the way the French authorities did to Grandier in 1634, and this excellent double-disc box contains the longest version yet released of this much cut movie, accompanied by a commentary (by Mark Kermode, Russell and others) and a documentary by Kermode and Paul Joyce that sets the movie in its cultural and historical context. There is much to irritate in the film, but it's bold, individual and a landmark in British cinema, with outstanding performances from Oliver Reed as Grandier and a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J8Xgm1u_SF4" title=""Vanessa Redgrave as the possessed Mother Superior/a; memorable stylised sets by Derek Jarman; dramatic lighting by David Watkin; and an atonal score by Peter Maxwell Davies./pdiv class="related" style="float: left; margin-right: 10px; margin-bottom: 10px;"ullia href="http://www.guardian.co.uk/film/ken-russell"Ken Russell/a/lilia href="http://www.guardian.co.uk/culture/vanessa-redgrave"Vanessa Redgrave/a/lilia href="http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/aldoushuxley"Aldous Huxley/a/lilia href="http://www.guardian.co.uk/film/dvdreviews"DVD and video reviews/a/li/ul/divdiv class="author"a href="http://www.guardian.co.uk/profile/philipfrench"Philip French/a/divbr/div class="terms"a href="http://www.guardian.co.uk"guardian.co.uk/a copy; 2012 Guardian News and Media Limited or its affiliated companies. All rights reserved. | Use of this content is subject to our a href="http://users.guardian.co.uk/help/article/0,,933909,00.html"Terms Conditions/a | a href="http://www.guardian.co.uk/help/feeds"More Feeds/a/divp style="clear:both" /

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