I have read much about the 'The Devils' and this book provided a lot of new information I had not known. I enjoyed the book and was always eager to get back to it. I liked the writing style and for me it was a real page turner. If you are at all interested in 'The Devils', this is a great place to start.
It's often difficult to know what errors exist in works like this but I feel the basic points were correct:
1. Ken Russell made a movie called 'the Devils'.
2. This movie was subject to extreme censorship by just about everyone who had the opportunity.
3. Warner Brothers shamelessly abandoned the movie out of fear and cowardice and eagerly assisted in its unholy censorship.
4. The movie is a MASTERPIECE.
5. Warner Brothers continues to reject this work of art and should be derided as a result
Ultimately I was left with a real sense of sadness driven mostly by Warner Brothers clinging to the wreckage of arcane, Hayes Code treatment of a modern classic. Actually, they should hang their heads in shame. Artists have been censored for years and happily, as more enlightened times come, the folly of this is seen for what it is.
Since Warner Brothers don't have the stomach for art, they should hand the reigns to someone else who has. I suggest Criterion, who have presented many titles that some would ban, and have, yet they are lauded as thee PREMIER supplier of important films. There is a strong, vibrant market for important movies presented in pristine uncut prints on DVD and BLU RAY.
I have seen 'The Devils' many times, in many forms, in many edits, at many venues. It is a MASTERPIECE! It contains powerful ideas that challenge thinking and get movie execs nickers in a twist. Just think, a 40+ year old movie has them still quivering in their boots.
Anyway, great book about a true MASTERPIECE. You can't go wrong reading the book. But, watch the movie and join the cause to get it properly released. Even if you don't like it, you should dislike others censoring what you can see even more.