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Why Paul Verhoeven’s Benedetta Shouldn’t Be Missed

Nunsploitation is a genre with a mostly forgotten history. The height of nunsploitation was from the late sixties to the early eighties in (mostly Catholic) European countries, alongside other, more celebrated exploitation genres like Giallo and spaghetti western, according to the online film journal Offscreen in an article about the subject. The article posits that the perception of nunsploitation as adult films, while somewhat valid, keeps the films from being fully appreciated and canonized like the works of Dario Argento and Sergio Leone, who are now considered masters of the craft. It took a while for the critical reevaluation of Giallo and spaghetti western films to occur. Maybe the release of Paul Verhoeven’s Benedetta last year will provide the same opportunity for nunsploitation.


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