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Blanche (1971)

Not Rated | | Drama, History | 26 January 1972 (France)
Blanche is the young, pure, beautiful wife of the Master of the castle, in a secluded land. Every man is in love with her, including the King and his servant Bartolomeo, visiting the Master.

Director:

Walerian Borowczyk

Writers:

Juliusz Slowacki (from the poem "Mazepa" by), Walerian Borowczyk (adaptation)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Michel Simon ... Le châtelain
Georges Wilson ... Le roi
Jacques Perrin ... Bartolomeo
Ligia Branice ... Blanche - la châtelaine
Denise Péronne Denise Péronne ... Madame d'Harcourt
Jean Gras Jean Gras
Lawrence Trimble Lawrence Trimble ... Nicolas - fils du châtelain
Michel Delahaye ... Le moine
Roberto Roberto ... The Dwarf
Genevieve Graves Genevieve Graves
Stanley Barry Stanley Barry
Guy Bonnafoux Guy Bonnafoux
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Christian Boissonnade Christian Boissonnade
Annie Challan Annie Challan
Roger Cotte Roger Cotte
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Storyline

Blanche is the young, pure, beautiful wife of the Master of the castle, in a secluded land. Every man is in love with her, including the King and his servant Bartolomeo, visiting the Master. Written by Francesco Benzi <f.benzi@libero.it>

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Drama | History

Certificate:

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Country:

France

Language:

French

Release Date:

26 January 1972 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Borowczyk at his best!
1 February 2010 | by edulaSee all my reviews

In a world where excess seems to equate success, it is easy to see why Walerian Borowczyk's movies are finally gaining him the recognition he deserves. True, in many cases, what was once considered "smut" by the viewing public is now regarded as erotic masterpieces, and many of Borowkzyk's films, 'The Beast', 'Immoral Tales', even his art-nunsploitation flick 'Behind Convent Walls', seem to be gaining widespread acclaim. This is thanks, in part, to critics like Mark Kermode, who presented 'The Beast' uncut on the FilmFour channel, and also DVD houses such as Cult Epics, who have released beautifully remastered versions of many Borowczyk films. However, words almost fail me when it comes to the availability of 'Blanche'. This beautiful film, a medieval fairytale-cum-tragedy, is worlds away from erotic fare such as 'The Beast', and is Borowczyk's finest hour. And yet, whilst there is a 3-disc special edition of the latter title, 'Blanche' has never received anywhere near as much care and attention. In fact, apart from a mid-90's VHS version (which seemed to drop out of the shops as quickly and quietly as it had dropped in, but now fetches a fairly excessive price on ebay), 'Blanche' is practically impossible to find anywhere. It doesn't even have its own page on Wikipedia! Surely this is a crime against all cinema lovers, and to Borowczyk himself, who deserves to be remembered as the great filmmaker that he was, and not just a creator of interesting erotica.


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