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Sirpa Lane , Lisbeth Hummel , Walerian Borowczyk    Unrated   DVD
3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
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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 Surprisingly a quality production Nov. 4 2003
By A Customer
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
I was really surprised by this picture. A very nice job, very erotic for sure; but done with a really well told story. They have "real" actors and it is a quality production. The only down side was that it ended when things were really getting exciting. I guess no part two came out ...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Delivers much more than expected. Aug. 25 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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1.0 out of 5 stars What a piece of garbage Aug. 18 2003
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. The plot was just plain idiotic.
It was as erotic as a hangover. Add to that several scenes
of horse copulation and this is one of the worst movies
of all time. Don't buy this it will only annoy you and make
you sick. A complete piece of garbage. It got one star only
because I couldn't give a lower rating.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Garbage! July 12 2003
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! The horse copulation scene was a bit too much. But the beast copulation scene was nauseating to say the least. The film had absolutely no plot whatsoever. The characters were wooden nymphos with serious psych problems. This film is wierd and one of a kind but the novelty wears off pretty quickly. In other words: AVOID AT ALL COST!
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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.....
You don't buy this movie for the plot lines; in fact, there is sort of a jumble, but one part comes clear. Read more
Published on March 14 2003
5.0 out of 5 stars VERY RUDE.....BUT LUDICROUS AS WELL!
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... Read more
Published on Feb. 15 2003 by Dave B
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 12 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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