IMMORAL TALES
CONTES IMMORAUX
1974, IFC Midnight, 103 min, France, Dir: Walerian Borowczyk

Director Walerian Borowczyk’s stylish anthology is comprised of four erotic vignettes going back through the ages - a contemporary take on sexual initiation, a look at a 19th-century teen who finds ways to amuse herself when locked in her room, the final bloodbath of 17th-century countess Elizabeth Báthory (Paloma Picasso in her sole screen appearance) and an incestuous triangle involving Lucrezia Borgia (Florence Bellamy) and her father, Pope Alexander VI (Jacopo Berinizi).


THE BEAST
LA BÊTE
1975, IFC Midnight, 93 min, France, Dir: Walerian Borowczyk

This oft-banned “Beauty and the Beast” story is perhaps the most notorious film from writer-director Walerian Borowczyk (and was originally planned as a segment of his IMMORAL TALES). When American heiress Lucy Broadhurst (Lisbeth Hummel) arrives at a run-down French estate for an arranged marriage, she hears a legend about a monstrous forest creature that fuels her sexual fantasies. A milestone in erotic horror featuring some beautiful - and very explicit - imagery. In French, Italian and English with English subtitles.


FANTASTIC PLANET
LA PLANETE SAUVAGE
1973, Argos Films, 72 min, France/Czechoslovakia, Dir: René Laloux

French director and animator Rene Laloux’s masterpiece is an astonishingly beautiful and otherworldly vision of a distant planet where humans are kept as pets by a race of gigantic, blue-skinned overlords called the Draags. With incredible design work by Roland Topor and a mind-blowing progressive rock score by Alain Goraguer. Winner of the Special Grand Prize at the Cannes Film Festival in 1973. In French with English subtitles.


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