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La bête

Walerian Borowczyk France, 1975

Lights in the Dusk's rating of the film The Beast

Beginning with a lofty quotation from Voltaire, the film's real centrepiece, a bestial scene of violation & seduction in a pastoral setting, feels closer to a pornographic Monty Python sketch. Much of the film is actually quite dull; a stilted country-house mystery that goes nowhere. However, it works on a level of sheer audacity; creating something that while absurd, has much to say about desire & the beast within.