Peppino e la vergine Maria (1975)

Genres - Comedy  |   Sub-Genres - Religious Drama, Satire  |   Run Time - 102 min.  |   Countries - France, Italy  |  
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Banned in Italy, this movie tells the story of a teenage virgin who has somehow become pregnant. Mary is an epileptic and the town's witch (many rural Italian regions have women who practice folk-magic and medicine and whom they call witches or stregoni). When she appears to die after a seizure, she is given funeral rites but then recovers and walks home. Three months later, she is discovered to be pregnant. A furor gathers as the local people believe they are witnessing a virgin birth. The village priest is encouraged by his Cardinal to find the father of the baby...or else.

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death, epilepsy, immaculate-conception, investigation, miracle, pregnancy, purity, witch