Medieval Movie Club Presents: The Devils at CCA

medieval movie club the devils

Wednesday 17 January 2018

7pm (doors 6.30pm), £2 (suggested donation), Cinema
0141 352 4900

Join us for the first edition of ‘Medieval Movie Club’ and explore how contemporary depictions of the Middle Ages intersect with and shed light on 21st century anxieties and preoccupations.

Our first medieval movie isn’t a medieval movie at all, but it is a useful tool in analysing what we come to expect when we meet with the Middle Ages on film. Ken Russell’s The Devils dramatises the real historical account of a group of Ursuline nuns apparently possessed by a Catholic priest in 17th century France. In the film, disordered spaces give birth to disordered identities and 70s camp flair mingles with concepts that appear medieval to the modern eye, such as: witchcraft, demonic possession, plague and pestilence, barbaric torture, mysticism and sensual spirituality. These concepts will interlace with other films in our series and provide a framework for discussing how the medieval resonates with the modern. The film offers a temporal ambiguity that is ripe for dissection and serves as a testament to the perils of periodisation and the powerful political agency of the medieval both in the past and today

The film will begin with a short introduction and will be followed by an open discussion and drinks in Saramago. MMC believes in democratising the Middle Ages and welcomes debate from anyone interested in the subject matter, from any background.

Centre for Contemporary Arts
350 Sauchiehall Street
Glasgow G2 3JD

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