A zealous, handsome priest, who is the confessor for a convent full of women, encourages the equally zealous abbess of one such institution to enforce the same strict rules on these unfortunate women that are applied to others. In doing so, they uncover a snake pit of sexual couplings, both lesbian and heterosexual, as well as many tools for masturbation. At the same time, a particularly disturbed inmate manages to poison herself and many of the other novitiates in yet another scandal which is covered up by church authorities.
A zealous, handsome priest, who is the confessor for a convent full of women, encourages the equally zealous abbess of one such institution to enforce the same strict rules on these unfortunate women that are applied to others. aside from the scandalous theme this movie is remarkable for the use of light and interesting camera work. Definitely, it has more artistic value than most of Borowczyk's sleazier movies…
This is a still rather early movie for Ornella Muti, while she was on a good way to become a more serious actress, continuing soon after this little known movie with international box-office hits such as "Flash Gordon" and "Il bisbetico domato". Tony Musante, usually a better choice for a villain, plays Ornella's lover Paolo in a tragic romance which is dominated by the disagreement whether the couple should have children or not. Yet another italian movie about beautiful people who walk all day long on the beach or visit art exhibitions, contemplating the meaning of life, while they never seem to work for a living :)
Pubblicata in Germania nel 1959, La Stoa costituisce la sintesi più completa dell’evoluzione storica di quel grandioso movimento filosofico e spirituale che, nato in Grecia in età ellenistica, riuscì a conquistare, con i suoi ideali di perfezione morale e con il suo messaggio intorno al destino dell’uomo nel cosmo, gran parte della cultura antica, trapiantandosi con particolare fortuna a Roma.