Release dateMarch 10, 1977 (1977-03-10)
West Germany (West Germany) WriterMariana Alcoforado (love letters), Erwin C. Dietrich, Christine Lembach (dialogue) Initial releaseMarch 10, 1977 (West Germany) ScreenplayErwin C. Dietrich, Christine Lembach CastSusan Hemingway (Maria Rosalea), Ana Zanatti (Mother Alma, the Grand Priestess), William Berger (Father Vicente), Herbert Fux (Satan), Vítor Mendes (António Fernando Queiroz de Melo), Anton Diffring (Old Priest) Similar moviesRelated Jesu?s Franco movies
TaglineSeit 3 Jahrhunderten verboten und verfemt - zum ersten Mal verfilmt!
Love Letters of a Portuguese Nun (German: Die Liebesbriefe einer portugesischen Nonne) is a 1977 West German-Swiss movie directed by Jesús Franco and produced by Erwin Dietrich, loosely based on the Letters of a Portuguese Nun attributed to Mariana Alcoforado. It starred Susan Hemingway and William Berger. Franco co-wrote the screenplay with producer Dietrich.
It tells the story of Maria, a girl in Inquisition-era Portugal, whom a priest sees cavorting with a boy. He orders her to become a nun as penance. In the convent Maria gets subjected to all sorts of torture and humiliation at the hands of the priest and the mother superior.
The movie is part of a genre known as "nunsploitation".
Susan Hemingway: Maria Rosalea
William Berger: Father Vicente
Herbert Fux: Satan
Ana Zanatti: Mother Alma, the grand priestess
Aida Vargas: Juana, a nun (as Aida Kargas)
Vítor Mendes: António Fernando Queiroz de Melo, the mayor
Aida Gouveia: Antónia, a nun (as Isa Schneider)
Herman José: Manuel Gonçalves, the prince (as Hermann Krippahl)