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Allons voir "La Religieuse" (the Nun") au Broadway.

Religieuse, La. Novel by Diderot. Written in 1760, it was published in the Correspondance littéraire in 1780, though a teasing set of letters (known as the ‘Préface-annexe’), which describe the circumstances of composition, had been made public in 1770. It began life as a practical joke: in order to tempt the wealthy and humanitarian marquis de Croismare to return to Paris, Diderot, Grimm, and others made up letters from a supposed nun, Suzanne Simonin, who had escaped from a convent and was seeking his protection. The novel that developed from this is presented as Suzanne's own story of her life.

For family reasons she is placed in a convent against her will, trapped into taking orders, and subjected to an improbable accumulation of sadistic persecutions. The story produces a powerful, melo-dramatic effect, like a Gothic horror novel. Diderot uses it to explore imaginatively the effects of claustration on a group of women—there is a remarkable sequence concerned with female homosexuality—and to expose the evils of forced vocations and the unnatural life of the convent. Whether it should be read as an attack on Christianity is doubtful.

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  • Annick L.

    Very deep and authentic film with a lot of respect with the feelings and beautiful and artistic pictures similarly to religious paintings. Very well played.

    November 14, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Je l'ai deja vu a Edimbourg le weekend qui est passer (accents indisponibles). Je le reccommende, et je vais essayer de venir la prochaine fois.

    Aussi, selon moi, c'est beaucoup plus une critique de l'instiution, plutot que la religion, de Christianisme.

    November 13, 2013

  • michael r.

    Intéressant! Je compte venir.

    October 29, 2013

  • Jill G.

    J'aurais aimé venir, mais je ne peux pas venir le jeudi soir avant 20h45. J'ai vu le film de 1978 (peut etre en 1978/9). Il aurait ete interessant de voir le nouveau film.

    October 29, 2013

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