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La Bête (The Beast)

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La Bête (The Beast) 1975 18

93 mins France Director. Walerian Borowczyk

An outrageous classic of erotic cinema, Walerian Borowczyk’s playful dismantling of bourgeoisie norms concerns Lucy, an heiress destined to marry the deformed son of her late father’s best friend. Upon discovering the myth of a ravenous beast that stalks her fiancé’s estate, Lucy becomes lost in a dream world of sexual fantasies involving the insatiable creature.

Initially prepared as a segment of Borowczyk’s portmanteau film Immoral Tales (also on BFI Player), the director was forced to excise the sequence and subsequently expanded it into the feature-length The Beast.

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Directed by

Walerian Borowczyk

Featuring

Sirpa Lane

Lisbeth Hummel

Elisabeth Kahson

Genres

Comedy Fantasy

Collection

Sex Cult Cinema

Certificate

18

Released

1975

Country

France

Language

English

Production company

Argos-Films

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