La BÍte (The Beast) (1975)

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In this story, a young nobleman with an unusually strong interest in horse-breeding is being prepared to marry the wealthy niece of an American Cardinal. (Noble families which are growing impoverished try to marry off their younger generations to the heirs of wealthy commoners.) When the girl arrives at the nobleman's family mansion the day before the wedding, she is shown around the house and its treasures and is told the story of an ancestor's legendary battle against a beast. That night, she … More

Rating: NC-17
Genre: Drama, Horror, Art House & International, Mystery & Suspense, Science Fiction & Fantasy
Directed By:
Written By: Walerian Borowczyk
On DVD: Nov 8, 2005
Runtime:
Argos Films

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Critic Reviews for La BÍte (The Beast)

All Critics (15) | Top Critics (3)

Thankfully, the film's hateful social commentary can be overlooked during its beguiling gonzo sex scenes.

Full Review… | December 2, 2014
Village Voice
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Seen from its own amoral perspective, aided by Borowczyk's remarkable sense of framing and rhythm, La BÍte is that rare achievement, a truly erotic film.

Full Review… | January 26, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Mr. Borowczyk's handling of his actors and his themes is sledgehammer-heavy, painfully in keeping with his evident contempt for humanity.

Full Review… | May 9, 2005
New York Times
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It's ridiculous; it's tacky; it's pretentious - but it's touched with something comically sublime.

Full Review… | December 3, 2014
Guardian

More charming than arousing, and solemnly silly.

Full Review… | December 3, 2014
Empire Magazine

Beyond the more censor-baiting material, The Beast is still a barbed, funny satire on sex, hypocrisy and repression.

Full Review… | December 3, 2014
Electric Sheep

Audience Reviews for La BÍte (The Beast)

½

I never except to see this arthouse film is very erotic while it finally released straight to DVD, not in the cinema in 1975 because it was banned for 30 years - it's true! This attempts to mix a fairy tale, a sort of comedy of manners and faked explicit bestiality.
This genuinely erotic film is wonderfully photographed and tasteless. The women here are stunningly beautiful and they are naked most of the time. Overall La BÍte is a visual feast. Whether it be from the fetishistic attention to detail, or the visual motifs pregnant with information, director Walerian Borowczyk's masterpiece should be watched with care and attention.

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Dean McKenna

Super Reviewer

½

I wanted to like this a lot more than I did, but as a whole it came across as amateurish and juvenile, a weak framework being used as an excuse to show sexually "shocking" imagery. Great, now I've seen horses mate. Oh wow, they're showing that guy's johnson. Sex and sexual imagery can have meaning and can be truly daring, but there needs to be an artistically perceivable point. I found no such thing in The Beast, which largely left me just bored despite all the supposedly lustful ongoings.

Beefy
Steve K

Super Reviewer

½

Finally crossed this controversial classic off the list of shame, and I have to say that it was every bit as crazy as I was expecting it to be.

Come for the Gothic settings, stay for the fake wolf penis!

Not for the faint of heart, but worth a look.

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