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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.

Director:

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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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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Technical Specs

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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Connections

Referenced in Gloria mundi (1976) See more »

Soundtracks

Sonates
Domenico Scarlatti
Performed by Huguette Dreyfus
Disques VALOIS
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An interesting guide to morals and values
14 December 2008 | by RickDVDSee all my reviews

I had the opportunity to review this film when it was released on DVD about 9-10 years ago. Although the IMDb was in its infancy at the time, I read about the film before reviewing it. I found this to be an interesting guide to morals and values.

Walerian Borowczyk is one of Europe's most controversial filmmakers. I had heard that Immoral Tales, the English title of Contes Immoraux or Unmoralische Geschichten, was not too much different than most of his other work. Borowczyk has also directed many sexually themed movies, including two parts of the erotically charged Emmanuelle series.

Bordering on the thin line between hardcore and soft-core pornography, Immoral Tales is a film that leaves you guilty and shocked. Not many films include two forms of incest, masturbation with a vegetable, the killing of naked virgins for their blood, and sex at the Vatican. Interestingly enough, the last two parts of the movie are supposedly true! It is extremely hard to put a film like Immoral Tales into words. Shocking in some spots, yet artistically titillating in others, the movie is paced too slowly in spots. This could be Polish director's Walerian Borowczyk's preferred style, but the film drags on and on with excess. I was able to get over the two cousins having sex in the first act, but the English translation certainly could have been better worded. Eight minutes of a young girl doing odd things with a cucumber after reading the bible is just a little more than I needed to see.

Even so, this film is a delight for anyone who has considered himself or herself voyeuristic. When the viewer sees over twenty underage naked teenage girls running around (Erzsébet Bathory)... Let's just say it is hard to describe. Lucrezia Borgia is almost ceremonious at times, and shows the baptism of Lucrezia's incestuous child. Unfortunately, some of the shots are gratuitous at best, and although this film can be great in spots, it fails in others.

Definitely worth seeing, but certainly for those who are open minded and don't mind the various actions that happen on screen. Although I rated it lower when originally reviewing it, I rate it higher after multiple viewings.


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