La monaca di Monza (1962)

  |  Drama


La monaca di Monza (1962) Poster

Virginia de Leyva, daughter of a Spanish Lord, becomes a nun in Monza, in 1600s. She becomes very strict with herself and the students until she's unable to resist a romance with the nobleman Gian Paolo Osio which will lead both to danger.


6.1/10
14

Photos

  • La monaca di Monza (1962)
  • Giovanna Ralli in La monaca di Monza (1962)
  • La monaca di Monza (1962)
  • Giovanna Ralli in La monaca di Monza (1962)
  • La monaca di Monza (1962)
  • Giovanna Ralli in La monaca di Monza (1962)

See all photos

Get More From IMDb

For an enhanced browsing experience, get the IMDb app on your smartphone or tablet.

Get the IMDb app

Reviews & Commentary

Add a Review


User Reviews


11 March 2009 | Bunuel1976
6
| THE NUN OF MONZA (Carmine Gallone, 1962) **1/2
This is the second (and best-regarded) adaptation of the much-filmed romantic/religious/historical drama which, being something of a "Nunsploitation" template narrative-wise, its frequent presence later within that notorious genre comes as no surprise at all. That said, this earlier attempt is perhaps too genteel for complete success, albeit encased within a most handsome production (featuring lustrous monochrome photography by the renowned Tonino Delli Colli). Even so, the plot comes across a lot more effectively here than in the 1969 version of the same events (which actually preceded this viewing), since a lot more back-story is provided and where the repressed heroine is seen suffering psychological anguish rather than (the usual bout of) physical torture. Casting is ideal as well: Giovanna Ralli (naturally, in the title role and, as I said in my review of the later film, a dead-ringer for its star Anne Heywood), Gabriele Ferzetti (making for a far more worthy partner than Antonio Sabato – his is certainly not as confusing a characterization!) and Helene Chanel as the victimized novice (surely the equal of Carla Gravina in the remake). While the Hardy Kruger figure is omitted here, there is another would-be lover for 'The Nun Of Monza' in the youthful Corrado Pani; besides, Gino Cervi and Alberto Lupo turn up towards the end as, respectively, the Cardinal who instigates Ralli's downfall and the judge who passes sentence upon her. Within this context, her live entombment makes more sense – as if the Church literally wanted to wipe out the memory of her! Finally, star and director would re-unite soon after for a modernization of another highly popular romantic tragedy, CARMEN DI TRASTEVERE (1963), based on Prosper Merimee''s "Carmen" (later immortalized via Georges Bizet's operatic treatment of it).

More Like This

The True Story of the Nun of Monza

The True Story of the Nun of Monza

The Devils of Monza

The Devils of Monza

The Lady of Monza

The Lady of Monza

Virginia, la monaca di Monza

Virginia, la monaca di Monza

La monaca di Monza

La monaca di Monza

The Nun and the Devil

The Nun and the Devil

Behind Convent Walls

Behind Convent Walls

Storyline

Plot Summary


Genres

Drama

Details

Release Date:

10 May 1962

Language

Italian


Country of Origin

France, Italy

Featured on IMDb

See what IMDb editors are watching this month, and visit our guides to what's on TV and streaming, video games, and more.

Around The Web

 | 

Powered by ZergNet

More To Explore

Search on Amazon.com