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The Devils

Darren Arnold


Undoubtedly the most notorious title in director Ken Russell's controversial filmography, The Devils (1973) caused a real furore on its initial theatrical release, only to largely disappear for many years. This book considers the film's historical context, as the timing of the first appearance of The Devils is of particular importance, its authorship and adaptation (Russell's auteur reputation aside, the screenplay is based on John Whiting's 1961 play of the same name, which was in turn based on Aldous Huxley's 1952 book The Devils of Loudun), and its generic hybridity. The book goes on to exa ... More

Keywords: Ken Russell, John Whiting, Aldous Huxley, political film, gender, sexuality, gender fluidity, film censorship, The Devils

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9781911325758
Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: February 2021 DOI:10.3828/liverpool/9781911325758.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Darren Arnold, author