Written by: Michael Den Boer on October 31st, 2006
Theatrical Release Dates: Italy, 1981
Director: Bruno Mattei
Cast: Zora Kerova, Franco Garofalo, Mario Cutini, Paola Corazzi, Paola Montenero, Leda Simonetti, Giovanni Attanasio
DVD released: October 24th, 2006
Approximate running time: 92 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1 Anamorphic Widescreen
Sound: Dolby Digital Mono Italian
DVD Release: Media Blasters/Exploitation Digital
Region Coding: Region 1 NTSC
Retail Price: $29.95
Synopsis: Virginia de Leyva (Zora Kerova) is the daughter of a wealthy businessman who gave the Monza monastery a generous donation to take on his daughter as a nun. Now known as Sister Virginia she quickly rises up the ranks and is named the new mother superior when the previous one becomes too ill to carry on as mother superior. Don Arrigone (Franco Garofalo) is a corrupt priest who resides at Monza. He lets his greed and perversions get in the way of his true calling to spread the word of. Giampaolo Osio is a friend of Don Arrigone who helps him set up sexual rendezvous with the nuns. Giampaolo lusts after Sister Virginia who eventually caves into his advances. The two carry on a steamy love affair until one day when it is discovered that Sister Virginia has become pregnant. Will Sister Virginia be able to hide her pregnancy and keep all the nuns under her thumb or will her secret get out and the other nuns finally expose her and her devilish ways to the inquisitor.
The True Story of the Nun of Monza was directed by the notorious Bruno Mattei a director known for making some of the most delirious and financially challenged films to ever come out of Italy’s most fruitful period of exploration filmmaking the late 1970’s and the early 1980’s. The previous year Mattei had directed his first nunsplotation film The Other Hell and this his first foray into the genre while it has its moments it pales in comparison to what was to come later with his next nunsplotation film The True Story of the Nun of Monza.
Surprisingly the direction for The True Story of the Nun of Monza is best I have seen in any Bruno Mattei film to date. Very early on Mattei uses the inter-cutting of images to emphasize the points he is trying to get across. There many beautifully photographed scenes like the candle light scene where Sister Virginia and her lover Giampaolo fornicate in the hollowed halls of Monza. This is after all a Bruno Mattei and when it comes to perverse imagery there is plenty of it including the raping of nuns, nuns having secret affairs with each other and participate in orgies.
The roles in the film that stood out most for me where Franco Garofalo as Don Arrigone a perverted priest who if the price was right was willing to let men have their way with the nuns. Franco Garofalo who most will remember from Mattei’s Hell of the Living Dead also worked with Mattie one other time being the film The Other Hell. The other pivotal and without a doubt most important performance in the film is that of Zora Kerova as Sister Virginia. Kerova brings humanity to the part that elevates the story above your usual exploration standards. Overall The True Story of the Nun of Monza is Bruno Mattei’s sleaziest epic and most polished film to date.
The True Story of the Nun of Monza is presented in anamorphic widescreen that preserves the films original 1.85:1 aspect ratio. Outside of a few minor instances of print damage the transfer looks very good with strong color and details look sharp in the background and foreground. There are no problems with artifacts or compression and edge enhancement is kept to a minimum.
This release comes with one audio option the films original Italian language mix which is presented here is a Dolby Digital mono. There is some noticeable his and outside of this the rest of the soundtrack is more then adequate as dialog and music sound evenly balanced. Removable English subtitles that are easy to follow and understand have been included.
Extras for this release include the films original trailer in Italian with English subtitles, a photo gallery and trailers for Convent of Sinners, Images in a Convent, SS Hell Camp and Lady Emmanuelle, all of these titles are currently available on DVD via Exploited Digital.
Exploited Digital digs deep into the Italian exploitation vaults for their latest their latest Nunsplotation release The True Story of the Nun of Monza. Fans of this film and this genre of films known as Nunsplotation are in for a nasty ride that exemplifies everything that makes these films so devilishly delightful, recommended.