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Immoral Tales (1973)

Contes immoraux (original title)
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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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Four Erotic Tales That Take Us Back Through The Centuries See more »

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Certificate:

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Country:

France

Language:

French | Italian | Hungarian

Release Date:

28 August 1974 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Immoral Tales See more »

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Runtime:

| (uncut) | (original)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

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 »

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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Edited into The Beast (1975) See more »

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Domenico Scarlatti
Performed by Huguette Dreyfus
Disques VALOIS
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Some Crazy European Stuff
22 September 2015 | by gavin6942See all my reviews

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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