Director: Damiano Damiani
Cast: Glenda Jackson, Claudio Cassinelli, Lisa Harrow
Plot: A young writer is invited to stay in a religious hostel run by a sinister, manipulative nun who plays deadly psychological games with the inhabitants. The Tempter doesn't fit easily into a single genre: Part Giallo, part nunsploitation, part serious meditation on Catholicism and sexual guilt. As with many Italian films of the 70's there is also a strong political thread to the story which covers the Catholic Church's actions during the Holocaust and its involvement in Latin American politics. This film fills an important gap in director Damiano Damiani's hugely varied filmography which is quite well represented on this site. It is not his best film, in my opinion, but it has its moments, and it has a subtle, highly realistic character portrait by Glenda Jackson, which makes her character all the more terrifying. As always Morricone's score takes the film into another dimension.