IMMORAL TALES
CONTES IMMORAUX
1974, IFC Midnight, 103 min, France, Dir: Walerian Borowczyk

Director Walerian Borowczyk’s stylish anthology is comprised of four erotic vignettes going back through the ages - a contemporary take on sexual initiation, a look at a 19th-century teen who finds ways to amuse herself when locked in her room, the final bloodbath of 17th-century countess Elizabeth Báthory (Paloma Picasso in her sole screen appearance) and an incestuous triangle involving Lucrezia Borgia (Florence Bellamy) and her father, Pope Alexander VI (Jacopo Berinizi).


BLANCHE
1972, 92 min, France, Dir: Walerian Borowczyk

In the title role, Ligia Branice plays the beautiful wife of an aging nobleman in 13th-century France. When the king visits their castle, both he and his page fall madly in love with the innocent Blanche, and the men of the castle soon are pitted against one another. A Grand Prix winner at the Berlin International Film Festival, and one of Borowczyk’s best, the film’s medieval visuals and music reflect the eye and ear of a master craftsman.


THE BEAST
LA BÊTE
1975, IFC Midnight, 93 min, France, Dir: Walerian Borowczyk

This oft-banned “Beauty and the Beast” story is perhaps the most notorious film from writer-director Walerian Borowczyk (and was originally planned as a segment of his IMMORAL TALES). When American heiress Lucy Broadhurst (Lisbeth Hummel) arrives at a run-down French estate for an arranged marriage, she hears a legend about a monstrous forest creature that fuels her sexual fantasies. A milestone in erotic horror featuring some beautiful - and very explicit - imagery. In French, Italian and English with English subtitles.


Syndicate content