Borowczyk’s transgressive riff on Prosper Mérimée’s novella began life as a scandalously previewed and jettisoned segment of Immoral Tales before being expanded into a feature.
Dogged by controversy and censorship battles from the moment of its release, many audiences are distracted by the shockingly explicit content and miss the playfulness and perversely hedonistic glee Borowczyk brings to the material.
Presented by the Melbourne Cinémathèque & ACMI
The Beast (La Bête)
An American heiress arrives in France to be wed to an impoverished, deformed French nobleman. She finds dark and mysterious secrets amongst the household and erotic, bestial yearnings awaken within her.