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The Beast (1975)
"La bête" (original title)

 -  Drama | Fantasy | Horror  -  15 April 1977 (USA)
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The head of a failing French family thinks that fate has smiled down on him when the daughter of a wealthy man agrees to be married to his son. The daughter and her aunt then travel out to ... See full summary »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Sirpa Lane ...
Romilda de l'Esperance
Lisbeth Hummel ...
Lucy Broadhurst
Elisabeth Kaza ...
Virginia Broadhurst
Pierre Benedetti ...
Mathurin de l'Esperance
Guy Tréjan ...
Pierre de l'Esperance
Roland Armontel ...
Priest
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Duc Rammendelo De Balo (as Dalio)
Robert Capia ...
Roberto Capia
Pascale Rivault ...
Clarisse De l'Esperance
Hassane Fall ...
Ifany
Anna Baldaccini ...
Théodore
Thierry Bourdon ...
Modeste
Mathieu Rivollier
Julien Hanany
Marie Testanière ...
Marie
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The head of a failing French family thinks that fate has smiled down on him when the daughter of a wealthy man agrees to be married to his son. The daughter and her aunt then travel out to the French countryside to meet with the family, unaware that a mysterious 'beast' is stalking the vicinity. Written by The_Void

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Walerian Borowczyk's lustful and erotic masterpiece.
25 April 2005 | by (Chyby, Poland) – See all my reviews

"La Bête" by Walerian Borowczyk is based on the short story "Lokis" written by Prosper Merimée.Lucy Broadhurst(Lisabeth Hummel),an American heiress betrothed to the son of an impoverished Marquis,arrives at the family's crumbling château and learns of a mythical ursine beast purported to prowl the nearby forest.It is fabled that a former lady of the house(Sirpa Lane)once engaged in perverse sex with the creature and Lucy finds herself consumed by dreams of the incident. "The Beast" is an art-house mix of surreal horror,explicit sleaze and porno.There's implied bestiality,assault and perversion in the priesthood,copious fake ejaculate smeared on bared breasts,masturbation with a rose and, most graphic of all,the eponymous beast toying with incredibly big phallus.Still 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,Borowczyk's masterpiece should be watched with care and attention.A must-see for fans of European cult cinema.


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