La BÍte (The Beast) (2014)
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Critic Reviews for La BÍte (The Beast)
Thankfully, the film's hateful social commentary can be overlooked during its beguiling gonzo sex scenes.
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.
Mr. Borowczyk's handling of his actors and his themes is sledgehammer-heavy, painfully in keeping with his evident contempt for humanity.
It's ridiculous; it's tacky; it's pretentious - but it's touched with something comically sublime.
Audience Reviews for La BÍte (The Beast)
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.
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.
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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