La Bête (The Beast) (2014)
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Critic Reviews for La Bête (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 Bête 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 Bête (The Beast)
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.
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 Bête 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.
One of those attempts at artsy porn that is neither artsy, nor porn. Just disturbing, and not in a good way.
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