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The Beast

Friday, December 5 - Thursday, December 11, 2014

New digital restoration — high-definition digital projection

“Once upon a time, in the 18th century, a beast lived in the woods of an aristocratic estate. And this beast, possessed of a giant phallus and an insatiable lust, set upon the beautiful young lady of the house. But the lady was of an even greater sexual appetite, and laid the beast to eternal rest. Two centuries later, the tale of the beast would return in the dreams of an American heiress contracted to carry the male descendant of the same crumbling aristocratic family… Borowczyk’s all-out assault on social conventions and repressed desires, an outrageously ironic blend of French farce and surrealist poetry, can be seen as signposting both the peak of his sexual fables (Blanche, Immoral Tales) and his subsequent decline into ephemeral soft porn. Its shameless shuffling of equine couplings, pederastic priests and priapic black manservants earns it nul points for political correctness. But seen from its own amoral perspective, aided by Borowczyk’s remarkable sense of framing and rhythm, THE BEAST is that rare achievement, a truly erotic film.” – Time Out (London)

  • Country France
  • Language In French, English, and Italian with English subtitles
  • Rating X
  • Year 1975
  • Running Time 93 minutes
  • Director Walerian Borowcyk