LA BÊTE is handily Borowczyk's most benevolently outré excursion beyond the outer reaches of good taste and decorum. If you take it, as many will, like a slap to the face, it would credit you to view this slap as an act of service. It all makes eminently good and merry philosophical sense. Let's please have a good-natured larff at the carnal basics of our constitution as one weird-ass ultimately-endearing species.
The scenes with the beast himself are just as absurd and disgusting as you'd hope. The rest of the runtime is made up of a sort of tepid comedy of manners that isn't always the most involving, but anyone who enjoys cinema that functions as an assault on those with more delicate sensibilities will find a lot to love here. I have no idea what point Borowczyk was attempting to make, but I had a blast!
This movie was the weirdest movie I have ever seen in my life. I still don't exactly know what I just witnessed, but if that's what the director was going for then he truly nailed it. With a lot of nudity and beastiality, this movie is basically beauty and the beast meets hardcore drugs.
This was an extremely odd film. Nearly pornographic if not exactly that. This film is full of symbolism and has a lot of meaning but is still very odd and can be disturbing to some. The cinematography is old but still pretty good and does a good job with expressing exactly what needs to be. Each scene is important to the next and each shot is done with a purpose.
The Beast pushes the envelope on everything I thought you could do in a movie, not technically, but story line wise. It comes out of the gates fast and striking. Not for the feeble minded, this “horror” film is only horrifying when you realize that this film is really a social commentary on peoples most primal urges. The sounds are forward, vivid, and haunting. A movie as hard to forget as it is to find.
Pressure breeds as the participants of an arranged marriage hastily prepare. Surrounded by the cast of their wedding party, it's nonstop action. Though at first impression a seemingly innocent household briskly breaks several taboos by lust-driven behavior. One family's dark secrets are revealed in the most savage ways. Prepare for a sensual journey like none other.
This is the extended version of the one in 'Immoral Tales'. It's really two films in one. Somehow he got some real actors to form a sort of framework for the story. Then he filmed a separate porno beastie film, which he then inserted into the first film. Normally a 1 star film, but he gets an extra star for audacity.
3,5 Pop culture folklore & mythology delivered via a sleazishly buoyant film which before being a satire is telling enough at face value: the ursinoid concupiscent lifeform recalls the intermediary figure btw human & animal that reigned for centuries over Pan-European unconscious owing to bipedal fighting stance, omnivore meals, sexual preferences 'more hominem': the brown Bear. I'd hand tickets @Boro w/ Pastoureau's
Fussy contradiction: from a film full of female body sexualization, what stands out is the artifact of the monster's virile member in constant ejaculation, or rather, the desire for women, in a voyeuristic perspective, is stressed by the power of the phallus, even though by an intermediary huge artifact. In a film that began by promising a Buñuelian irony, class analysis included, stands out the kitsch.