OUR LADY OF THE TURKS

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OUR LADY OF THE TURKS

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Carmelo Bene

1968  124 minutes  1.33:1  Italy

Editions: DVD PAL/Region 0 DVD: it WILL NOT play on standard US DVD player.

Independent filmmaker Carmelo Bene makes his debut in this feature film that concerns the murder of the Saracens in the city of Otranto centuries ago. The virgin Mary appears at various time in the film, symbolic of the carnal desires and spiritual dreams of all men.

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Italy released, PAL/Region 0 DVD: it WILL NOT play on standard US DVD player. You need multi-region PAL/NTSC DVD player to view it in USA/Canada. Will play on a computer.

Synopsis:

Independent filmmaker Carmelo Bene makes his debut in this feature film that concerns the murder of the Saracens in the city of Otranto centuries ago. The virgin Mary appears at various time in the film, symbolic of the carnal desires and spiritual dreams of all men. Flashbacks and avant garde cinematic techniques provide passages of erotica and black humor on occasion. The story was taken from Bene's own novel as the author oversees all aspects of writing, production and direction in this experimental and provocative film. 
SCREENED/AWARDED AT: Venice Film Festival

Reviews

Our Lady of the Turks” is a film that is hard to categorize. Then again Carmelo Bene’s films are hard to define. Often beautiful, The film starts off as a sort of mocumentary about Ontranto, Italy. This is where the Turks tried to invade 100 years before; killing the Saracens. Then we are treated to Bene in front of the camera in a series of bizarre, surreal images and comical mishaps. Bene’s character is taunted by the Madonna. Wherever he goes this beautiful virgin Mary is sure to follow, making his life a real headache. She is symbolic of man’s desire and dreams. This is a film where visuals overpower story. It is quite a journey with it’s bizarre experimental style, but altogether it’s breathtaking.
— IDMB

Cast and Credits

Director
Carmelo Bene

Writer
Carmelo Bene

Producer
Carmello Bene

Cast
Carmelo Bene, Lydia Mancinelli, and Ornella Ferrari

Cinematography
Mario Masini

Editing
Mauro Contini

Music
Carmelo Bene

Special Features

“Hermitage” a Short Film by Carmelo Bene
A video interview with Carmelo Bene
Fully illustrated bilingual booklet(Italian/English)
A video interview with Enrico Ghezzi.
“Ai Rotoli” a short film by Daniele Cipri and Franco Maresco
Cut Scene
Before and after the restoration video

Production: Italy – 1968
Running time: 124 minutes, black and white
Language: Italian
Subtitles: Optional English
Audio: Dolby digital 2.0 Mono
Aspect ratio: 1.33:1

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