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La bête

Walerian Borowczyk France, 1975

Karthik's rating of the film The Beast

Female pleasure (not cathexis: the Lesbian still a problem figure) deified; the male drive lampooned (the pathetic men: beasts, murderers, pederasts), even transmuted into a product of her fantasy (the phallus unveiled, its trompe l'œil penetrative power put offscreen, is a flower, a spouting breast!)The filmic surface tipsily veering between Bacchic participation & ironic spatial humor! A cure for erotic cachexia!