La Bête (The Beast) (2014)

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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 dreams of an erotic encounter with a man/beast which culminates in the death of the beast. On awakening, she finds that she has been in bed with her fiancé, who is now dead. When mysterious bandages on his person are removed, he is seen to have a tail and one hand which has turned animal-like. ~ Clarke Fountain, Rovi
Rating:
NC17
Genre:
Art House & International , Drama , Horror , Mystery & Suspense , Science Fiction & Fantasy
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Argos Films

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Cast

Sirpa Lane
as Romilda
Elisabeth Kaza
as Virginia
Pierre Benedetti
as Mathrurin
Guy Tréjan
as Pierre
Elizabeth Kaza
as Virginia
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Critic Reviews for La Bête (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
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | January 25, 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 8, 2005
New York Times
Top Critic

It's ridiculous; it's tacky; it's pretentious - but it's touched with something comically sublime.

Full Review… | December 3, 2014

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 Bête (The Beast)

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.

Bill Bryant
Bill Bryant
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 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.

Dean McKenna
Dean McKenna

Super Reviewer

One of those attempts at artsy porn that is neither artsy, nor porn. Just disturbing, and not in a good way.

Robert Lee
Robert Lee

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