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Immoral Tales (1974)
"Contes immoraux" (original title)

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Four erotic tales from in various historical eras. The first, 'The Tide', is set in the present day, and concerns a student and his young female cousin stranded on the beach by the tide, ... See full summary »


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Complete credited cast:
Lise Danvers ...
Charlotte Alexandra ...
Paloma Picasso ...
Pascale Christophe ...
Florence Bellamy ...
Jacopo Berinizi ...
Lorenzo Berinizi ...
Philippe Desboeuf ...
Nicole Karen
Tomas Hnevsa ...
(as Thomas Hnevsa)
Mathieu Rivollier ...
(as Mathieu Rivolier)
Robert Capia
Gerard Tcherka
Kjell Gustavsson


Four erotic tales from in various historical eras. The first, 'The Tide', is set in the present day, and concerns a student and his young female cousin stranded on the beach by the tide, secluded from prying eyes. 'Therese Philosophe' is set in the nineteenth century, and concerns a girl being locked in her bedroom, where she contemplates the erotic potential of the objects contained within it. 'Erzsebet Bathory' is a portrait of the sixteenth-century countess who allegedly bathed in the blood of virgins, while 'Lucrezia Borgia' concerns an incestuous fifteenth-century orgy involving Lucrezia, her brother, and her father the Pope. Written by Michael Brooke <>

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Four Erotic Tales That Take Us Back Through The Centuries See more »


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Release Date:

28 August 1974 (France)  »

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Contes immoraux  »

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1.66 : 1
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The original version screened in 1974 was made up of five, not four episodes. Borowczyk removed one episode, 'The True Story of the Beast of Gevaudan', and expanded it to feature length as The Beast (1975). In 2010, a print of the original short film of 'The True Story of the Beast of Gevaudan' was discovered in a French archive. The uncut version was shown at New Horizons Film Festival in Poland on 24th of July 2013. See more »


Referenced in Hostel: Part II (2007) See more »


Domenico Scarlatti
Performed by Huguette Dreyfus
Disques VALOIS
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This HAS to be some kind of record!
23 January 2001 | by (Ontario, Canada) – See all my reviews

Okay, okay... 1974. The Europeans have figured out that a world-wide audience exists for films that portray full-frontal nudity, regardless of storyline or context. Borowczyk has chosen four stories from four eras to flaunt some skin... the 1970s right back to the 1400s. He takes the cake, however, with the third segment, featuring Pablo's daughter Paloma Picasso: she plays a countess in the 1700s bent on preserving her youth and vitality by bathing in the blood of virgins. To get this far, we are treated to the most incredible series of visuals ever filmed! At least thirty young, beautiful, and (gasp!) very naked women are brought forward to shower, cavort, pray, play with each other, and perform some sort of ritual that leads to their demise. You will watch the whole film, but you will come away remembering only this third segment. All the nudity aside, credit Borowczyk and crew for doing a fine job technically and photographically on this film. Definitely worth seeing.

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