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Beast, the

Sirpa Lane , Lisbeth Hummel , Walerian Borowczyk    Unrated   DVD
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3.0 out of 5 stars Extremely Bizarre Cult Film Aug. 30 2007
Walerian Borowczyk's explicit and insane la Bête (The Beast) is a directly adult reflection of the sexual undertones in many fairy tales. There are segments in la Bête that are unflinching enough to be deemed pornographic but they are done in such a silly and shocking way we cannot assume that Borowcyzk's goals are to titillate. I mean come on, the film opens with a close-up of a female horse's private parts and a male horse jumps right into the mix soon thereafter. There is also a tremendous amount of (human) nudity in la Bête and while gratuitous, it does seem to be appropriate within the film, even though it isn't necessarily erotic. I don't think it is possible to categorize this movie and that in and of itself is a strength for me. From beginning to end, I had no idea what to expect.

The film takes place in the Esperance house that is awaiting a wedding between the family's son and Lucy. The family is full of chaos and everyone seems to have something to hide. Lucy becomes fascinated with the family's notorious ancestor Romilda, who apparently had a sexual encounter that Lucy reads about with a very well endowed beast in the woods nearby. Lucy imagines the experience Romilda went through graphically, and she almost seems to fantasize about the ordeal. We see the sequence almost in its entirety. It consists of Romilda (Sirpa Lane) running around gradually losing her clothes with some harpsichord music playing and eventually she succumbs to the beast's advances and gets it on with his giant prosthetic phallus. It is graphic enough that it would be nearly impossible to say it isn't shocking, but it is funny enough that the audience will laugh uncomfortably until it concludes. You certainly won't forget this sequence and there are several more memorable parts before and after.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Delivers much more than expected. Aug. 24 2003
By e5150
Okay, the first, what, 15 minutes is spent watching horses copulate. Not quite my cup of tea, but the rest of the film is.
Anyone who gives this film a low rating obviously was not aware of the director's genre. As a euro-sleaze film, it delivers up the goods way better than most others in its class. W. B. (the director) finally goes where his "Immoral Tales" failed, and by that I mean filming an erotic sequnce to completion (and boy did The Beast complete himself....many many times). It's actually quite hilarious how the beast just has to find whatever it can to rub itself against. But the beautiful lady it gets to have its way with--and the lady fantasizing the whole thing while explicitly romancing the flower--make this an erotic winner. Excellent quality picture for its age, as well. If you're into nude women and just-short-of-porn behavior, it doesn't get any better than this. This is the definitive Euro-sleaze title. Like I always say, if American actresses went this far it would be a much better world. This sort of film is--or was--apparently the norm across the water, while this is hardcore compared to what we call erotic over here.
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3.0 out of 5 stars should have been left in Immoral Tales April 5 2003
By A Customer
As legend has it, Walerian Borowzcyk originally intended the short version of "The Beast" to be part of his compilation film "Immoral Tales". Due to the nature of "The Beast", it was cut from the original film and put on the back-burner till Borowczyk decided to turn it into a full-length feature. I feel this decision was a poor one. The short version of "The Beast" is the best thing about this film, which essentially tries to pad out the original's 20 minute running time to an hour and a half. This wouldn't be so bad if the padding weren't so boring. Aside from the rose-masturbation scene, which is intercut with "flashbacks" to the short film, there really is not much else that would make this a worthwhile purchase for fans of erotic cinema. The notorious scenes of horse-copulation are distasteful and verge on disgusting for anyone not turned on by beastiality. Instead of this "hype" film, I would recommend you take a look at Radley Metzger's "The Image", another controversial film that actually goes beyond "The Beast" as far as inclusion of graphic content. As an added bonus, all the sex in "The Image" is of the human variety.
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3.0 out of 5 stars medication needs adjustment..... March 14 2003
By A Customer
You don't buy this movie for the plot lines; in fact, there is sort of a jumble, but one part comes clear. The mental health medications for just about everyone in this movie are out of adjustment. Everyone has problems, but many of them are humorous. As one might expect from a French movie, the Church certainly gets its share of 'digs' with the priest and his covy of young boys. The women, who are naked a lot, are attractive (not silicone endowed) and fun to watch. The copulating horses get a bit tiresome, but the 'Beast" is perhaps the greatest special effect job since the Ed Wood movies. Almost on par with the fishbowl/ape costume of a science fiction movie some years ago. Perhaps the best part, and most predictable, is the flashback scene when the young woman runs off into the woods; naturally all her clothes get torn off, and the beast attacks her. That was fun to watch, and perhaps worth the price of the DVD. Not Oscar caliber, but some mild fun. A good DVD to watch when the weather is bad outside.
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5.0 out of 5 stars VERY RUDE.....BUT LUDICROUS AS WELL! Feb. 15 2003
By Dave B
This is seriousley naughty stuff.The sex sequences are very graphic,almost hardcore,but the beast in the title is laughable effects looking like a cross between a gorilla and bear suit.It also begins with a sequence of two horses mating witch is fairly disgusting,but no different to what you see on Natural history programs everyday i suppose.The weird story revolves aruond a family in a country mansion where in the past a female owner of the manor,the lady or whatever,ventured into the nearby woods and began having sex with a monster that lurks in the woods eating lambs etc.There is other stuff going on,but the when the sex started was the only time i was really paying attention.LIke i say,the beast is fairly ridiculous and the sex not really'erotic' but i have never really seen anything like this,so it gets five stars just for being so surreal and daring to do what it does.You can see why it is a cult film.Picture is good,sound passable but the dvd is empty bar just the film.But it is worth a look.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Surprisingly a quality production
I was really surprised by this picture. A very nice job, very erotic for sure; but done with a really well told story. Read more
Published on Nov. 4 2003
1.0 out of 5 stars What a piece of garbage
This is truly one of the worst movies ever made. It was not daring and provocative more gross and pointless. The dubbing
made the dialogue stupid. Read more
Published on Aug. 17 2003 by S. Collins
1.0 out of 5 stars Garbage!
I don't know what the director was thinking when he made this film. Who produced it? These guys must have been dropping some serious acid! Read more
Published on July 12 2003 by Sal Paradise
2.0 out of 5 stars Silly
Some of the outdoor scenes in this movie are nice. However, the beast of the title looks totally fake and this doesn't contribute to the mood. Music is misplaced Scarlatti. Read more
Published on Feb. 12 2003 by Faulkner & Joyce Fan
2.0 out of 5 stars Maybe I missed something but this movie was terrible
This movie in my opinion is one of the worst movie I have ever seen No plot no real storyline except if your into watching horses have sex graphically, kind of a horse XXX movie. Read more
Published on Jan. 25 2003 by Kindle Customer
3.0 out of 5 stars Not a dog
This may be a little explicit...
This film is a great, but odd piece of French 70s sleaze-horror, from the maker of "Dr.Jekyll and his Women", and "Immoral Tales. Read more
Published on Jan. 7 2003 by lecudedag
5.0 out of 5 stars la bete one of a kind
i bought this film from amazon a few months back and after seening it i have to admit its one of a kind that alone earns this film five stars. Read more
Published on Dec 11 2002 by John Paleokastritis
1.0 out of 5 stars Made in 1975...and it looks it.
This reminds me of some of my father's really bad porn from the early '70s. I agree with the bloke from the UK, this is a pretty sorry affair. Read more
Published on Nov. 30 2002
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