Borowczyk constructs a whole ceremonial of beauty, strangeness, horror, madness, blood and death." Le Monde
A decadent French aristocrat wants to restore his image by trying to marry his strange and simple-minded son to a sublime, rich and American fiancée. But the erotic and bestial dreams of the young woman will shake these plans by revealing a terrible family secret...
Before becoming this feature film with a very buñuelian inspiration, The Beast had to be one of the Immoral Tales , in its only part of the dream. In this dark comedy, Walerian Borowczyk defies the laws of "good taste" and all establishment conventions, offering women an unbridled sexuality that frees them from the shackles of patriarchal traditions. Borowczyk's most scandalous film!
THE BEAST (1975 – Colors – 94 mins) Forbidden to under 16s
SUPPLEMENTS (in HD)
. INTRODUCTION BY CRITICISM PETER BRADSHAW
. THE FILMING OF “THE BEAST” (56 mins) Very rare photos and filming sequences, commented by Noël Véry, the cameraman and chief operator of nine Boro feature films.
. ECSTASY MADNESS: THE EVOLUTION OF THE BEAST (4 mins) How the idea for the screenplay germinated, the story of the costume, and the sequel that was never made.
. “VENUS SNAIL” (1975 – Colors – 4 mn) The painted works of Bona Tibertelli de Pisis – Pieyre de Mandiargues (“Bona”) mixing snail spirals and erotic embraces, to the sound of Romanian flutes.
Released on February 22, 2017 as part of the Walerian Borowczyk retrospective at the Center Pompidou from February 24 to March 19, 2017