If you've ever seen a travelling show where they set up a small stage in your town and put on a few short plays--e.g. a comedy, a salvation, a tragedy; then, you've seen something like this. It's a costume melodrama with limited sets with no depth of field. These once brought tears (and belly laughs) to the eyes of every villager; but today, they fall flat.
Generously weird low-rent medieval pageant. And it's got Michel Simon. He must have wondered what the hell he had gotten himself into. The production design is predictably brilliant, and these straight-on close-ups Borowczyk does of his wife are majestic, though the extremely pristine and precise quality of Goto is supplanted by a more muddled execution here. The ending is gangbusters.
Les titres les plus souvent cités quand on évoque Borowczyk sont les Contes immoraux et la Bête.La trop peu connue Blanche est pourtant magnifique ! Cela commence comme un fabliau et s'achève en histoire tragique.La force destructrice du désir (thème prisé de la littérature médiévale) ou peut-être de sa répression, après tout, est remarquablement illustrée. Merci,Mubi,de nous faire redécouvrir cette oeuvre !
Maybe a bit meandering, maybe a bit slow and dull in its first 45 minutes, but utterly fascinating in its use of space. Borowczyk is a fan of trapping his actors in ornate, sprawling spaces, never letting the audience fully understand the layout of these environments. It almost makes it appear like everyone is trapped in a doomed maze.
Borowcyzk's most critically acclaimed feature - a bittersweet medieval fantasy with gorgeous painterly compositions and aesthetics. Although I prefer his later, more extreme films, this is still worth a watch. I saw a ratty print of this in a dingy art theatre which no doubt added to its otherworldly appeal