The uncontested crown gem of my recent watches. Borowczyk tempers down his naughtiness though often lets ridicule transpire irresistibly, but bearing in mind that erotic interest, the sense of beauty & reverence for the sacred are proximate states of mind which feed into one another and grow from a common root, informs this uncharacteristic eclipse with the sense it's just picking the same triad from a divergent tip.
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.
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.
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