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Walerian Borowczyk (written by)
André Pieyre de Mandiargues (story) (segment "La marée")
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Release Date:
28 August 1974 (France) See more »
Four Erotic Tales That Take Us Back Through The Centuries See more »
An erotic collection of short stories, an anthology comprised of tantalizing tales about sexual desire and its diverse manifestations. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Gilliam backs Borowczyk restoration
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Directed by
Walerian Borowczyk 
Writing credits
Walerian Borowczyk (written by)

André Pieyre de Mandiargues (story) (segment "La marée")

Produced by
Anatole Dauman .... producer
Original Music by
Maurice Leroux 
Cinematography by
Bernard Daillencourt 
Guy Durban 
Noël Véry 
Michel Zolat 
Film Editing by
Walerian Borowczyk 
Production Design by
Walerian Borowczyk 
Costume Design by
Piet Bolscher 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Dominique Duvergé .... assistant director
Other crew
Alain Cayrade .... production assistant
Bernard Grignon .... production assistant
Maxine Groffsky .... production assistant
Alain Herpe .... production assistant
Jean-Pierre Platel .... production assistant
Crew believed to be complete

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Also Known As:
"Contes immoraux" - France (original title)
"The Tide" - International (English title) (segment title)
"Therese the Philosopher" - International (English title) (segment title)
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103 min | 115 min (uncut version) | 125 min (original version)
Color (Eastmancolor)
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1.66 : 1 See more »
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Australia:R18+ | Canada:18+ (Quebec) | Finland:K-18 | Germany:18 (re-rating) (2011) | Italy:VM18 (re-rating) (1976) | Italy:(Banned) (original rating) (1975-1976) | Netherlands:18 | New Zealand:R18 | Norway:18 (1977) | Portugal:M/18 | Sweden:15 | UK:18 | USA:X | West Germany:(Banned) (original rating) (cinema release) | West Germany:Not Rated (video version)

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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, and subsequeny included on the 2014 Arrow Blu-ray release.See more »
Julie:Since last summer, i have met five boys.
André:What do you mean you "met" them?
Julie:We'd meet.
Julie:At parties. We kissed.
André:And that's all?
André:On the lips?
Julie:No, Mum was always nearby. Untouched. Thanks to my aunt. But today, she is far away...
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Referenced in Gloria mundi (1976)See more »
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Some Crazy European Stuff, 22 September 2015
Author: gavin6942 from United States

Four tales from 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.

Such a crazy film. From the very plot synopsis, you might think this was something like Woody Allen's "Everything You Wanted To Know". I mean, heck, these are vignettes about unusual sexual practices, right? But the intent is clearly different. Allen was being funny and not all that risqué.

This film, on the other hand, has almost no humor and seems to be made for one purpose: to put as many nude women in one film as humanly possible. Granted, it is still a good film in some ways and has an artistic merit. It is not pornographic. But seeing as a similar film could have been made with only a fraction of the nudity, it is clear what the intention was.

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