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119 Ratings

The Killing of Sister George

Directed by Robert Aldrich
United Kingdom, 1968
Drama, LGBTQ+


George lives with her lover, Childie and plays a cheerful district nurse in a BBC soap opera. However, her character is to be killed off. Her life begins to fall apart as Childie has an affair with a predatory TV producer.

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The Killing of Sister George Directed by Robert Aldrich

Critics reviews

Aldrich’s film endures not because it’s an example of bad, pre-Stonewall homo images but because of its sly way of celebrating dykes. Though she has lost both her girlfriend and her job, George is the only character who has not compromised herself or exploited others. Sister George may be the first movie in which an alcoholic, unrepentant butch who molests nuns is redeemed by her unwavering commitment to her sexuality.
January 01, 2009
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It contains the most erotic sequence I have ever seen in an otherwise artistically respectable, responsible, distanced production. For once, the audience is not punished for its erotic expectations. Not only do we participate in the seduction of an attractive woman but Aldrich’s very formal sequencing of camera setups establishes the unattractive seductress as the surrogate for our sensual curiosity.
December 26, 1968
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