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Immoral Tales (1973)

Contes immoraux (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama, Romance | 28 August 1974 (France)
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An erotic collection of short stories, an anthology comprised of tantalizing tales about sexual desire and its diverse manifestations.

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Walerian Borowczyk
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Lise Danvers Lise Danvers ... Julie / André's cousin - Story 1
Fabrice Luchini ... André / Julie's cousin - Story 1
Charlotte Alexandra Charlotte Alexandra ... Thérèse - Story 2
Lisbeth Hummel ... Lucy Broadhurst - Story 3
Paloma Picasso Paloma Picasso ... Elisabeth Bathory / Countess - Story 4
Pascale Christophe Pascale Christophe ... Istvan - Story 4
Florence Bellamy Florence Bellamy ... Lucrezia Borgia / Pope's daughter - Story 5
Lorenzo Berinizi Lorenzo Berinizi ... Caesar Borgia / Pope's son - Story 5
Jacopo Berinizi Jacopo Berinizi ... Pope Alexander VI - Story 5
Philippe Desboeuf Philippe Desboeuf ... Hyeronimus Savonarola / Friar
Tomas Hnevsa Tomas Hnevsa ... (as Thomas Hnevsa)
Mathieu Rivolier
Robert Capia Robert Capia
Gerard Tcherka Gerard Tcherka
Kjell Gustavsson Kjell Gustavsson
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Storyline

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 <michael@everyman.demon.co.uk>

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Country:

France

Language:

French | Italian | Hungarian

Release Date:

28 August 1974 (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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Trivia

Originally, the role of cousin Julie in "The Tide" (first part of the movie) was offered to Isabelle Adjani but she has found the role too difficult for her to play. Finally, she declined and the role went to Lise Danvers. See more »

Quotes

Julie: Since last summer, I have met five boys.
André: What do you mean you "met" them?
Julie: We'd meet.
André: Where?
Julie: At parties. We kissed.
André: And that's all?
Julie: Yes.
André: On the lips?
Julie: No, Mum was always nearby.
André: Untouched. Thanks to my aunt. But today, she is far away...
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A sex movie for the intelligentsia
10 August 2017 | by MOscarbradleySee all my reviews

Art or pornography? Well, if it's pornography certainly no pornographer in cinema as come as close to art as Borowczyk does here. The five "Immoral Tales" that make up this movie deal exclusively with sex in its various forms with a great emphasis on female nudity. Borowczyk deals with an almost fetishistic relish on the woman's body while almost totally ignoring the man's. With the exception of the first story, 'The Tide', the others are all taken from history or the past. We get St. Therese, she who was raped rather than give up her virginity; Elisabeth Bathory, she who liked to bathe, so they say, in the blood of virgins and Lucrezia Borgia, who apparently liked it whatever way she could get it. We also get a mini version of what became "The Beast" whose engorged phallus is one of the very few 'male' organs we see.

Visually the film's palette changes to suit the story at hand and this is very much a sex movie for the intelligentsia, which isn't to say that the 'dirty mac' brigade won't have a field day as well. Of course, since "Immoral Tales" first appeared movies have become a lot more sexually explicit and yet I happy to say this is a movie that can still provoke outrage today...of one kind or another.


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