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.


THE STRANGE CASE OF DR. JEKYLL AND MISS OSBOURNE
DOCTEUR JEKYLL ET LES FEMMES
1981, 92 min, France/Germany, Dir: Walerian Borowczyk

Udo Kier stars as Robert Louis Stevenson’s famous doctor, who is about to marry Miss Fanny Osborne (Marina Pierro). At the pair’s high-society engagement party, a guest is found murdered - and with Mr. Hyde on the prowl, she won’t be the last victim. The great score by Bernard Parmegiani and Borowczyk’s rich Victorian production design lends this mix of horror and sadistic sex a nightmarish atmosphere. With Patrick Magee and Howard Vernon. In French with English subtitles.


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