2.5 stars. Ah! the 1970s~ the decade in which sex criminals were able to express themselves freely! The actor who played André reminded me of a horsey Joe Thomas so I experienced 'The Tide' as a bleakly grubby episode of 'The Inbetweeners'. "Romance" indeed. "Drama" indeed. I liked the Švankmajerian sex noises of the second story, but then Boro had to end it with a glib rape joke. 'Bathory' truly Surrealist though.
Positive things: The costumes, the cinematography and the Lady Bathory story was fantastic. That episode saves the film to me. Negative things: The kid in the first story (most obnoxious character in film history), the Beast start off nicely, but goes on for too long and was pretty gross.
LOVED the Bathory story! The Borgia story was okay. The Beast starts off nicely but goes on for a bit too long. The church scene in Therese is good but the rest of the story is eh. The Tide is the worst, the dude was SO annoying. In general, I loved how gorgeous and painterly Immoral Tales looked but overall, it left me somewhat cold.
Un chef d'oeuvre!!! plusieurs contes, tous effectivement immoraux voire meme carrement derangeants, decadents, indescents... mais toujours une belle esthetique et des tas de references visuelles a des chefs d'oeuvres de la peinture ancienne ( c'est un peu un jeu de piste de retrouver tous les tableaux dont s'est inspire le realisateur). Mais surtout des themes sexy d'une liberte et d'une audace rare.
My second Borowczyk ends up leaving me feeling the same as Le Bete,which was at least more provocative and interesting (at times). This has a decent start,a boring second tale,okay third tale,and enjoyable final tale.It's just a shame that I never found it to be as erotic,clever,or witty as Borowczyk wanted it to be. Mind you,others love his works so certainly give it a try if you're exploring all realms of cinema.
I watched the film Immoral Tales directed by Walerian Borowczyk it is an interesting French film that plays on four different short stories of romantic, erotic and risque nature. For most conservative Americans this is definitely not the film for you. This film spikes interests because if you’ve lived your entire life in America there is nothing that compares to this film it shatters all your social norms of movies.
Considering the time and place this film was made (France, 1973) it is easy to then view the separate 4 films featuring virginal sex, masturbation, beastality and incest as art rather then pornography. More so when observing the attention to detail, the costumes and the appropriate music. At times a challenge to watch but the casting aside of prudishness provides for a unique and rewarding film experience.
Sylvan, erotic, playful and powerful. One is swept away by the beauty of the land and the forms of humanity once long banished to the unreal. Like the beast, I am left spent - covered in leaves - by a river with a woman's corset , white, floating by. Next to a priapal column in the woods, and man oh man what a way to go.