Visions of Ecstasy (DVD)
Directed by Nigel Wingrove
An 18-minute experimental film, Nigel Wingrove's VISIONS OF ECSTASY (1989) is the only motion picture ever banned outright in the UK solely on the grounds of blasphemy. Its depiction and interpretation of the erotic imaginings of the 16th-century Carmelite nun, St. Teresa, were such that the film's banning was upheld in an historic judgement at the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg in a case that took seven years to reach its conclusion. Now, due to the abolition of the UK's blasphemy laws in 2008, VISIONS O ECSTASY—previously unseen in the US—is finally being released.
Also on this disc are several other early works by visionary filmmaker Nigel Wingrove that blend his trade-mark eroticism with a painterly eye for color and composition, always underscored with a diabolical flair for the perverse.
DVD Extras Include:
• AXEL (1988, 8 min.)
• FAUSTINE (1990, 2 min.)
• SACRED FLESH (2000, 72 min.)
• VISIONS OF ECSTASY outtakes
• Interview with Nigel Wingrove (1990)
• HAIL MARY! A BRIEF PEEK AT NUNSPLOITATION (2009), a 24-minute documentary featuring interviews with Nigel Wingrove.
• "Finding Ecstasy on the Road to Redemption," a 36-page illustrated essay on the censorship of VISIONS OF ECSTASY by the British Board of Film Classification and the legal battle to overturn the ruling (ROM content).
"The only film in British history ever to be be banned for blasphemy." — New York Daily News
"A cause celebre for the free speech movement." — BBC News
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