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The Beast (1975)

La bête (original title)
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A late businessman's daughter is heading with her aunt to the crumbling estate of her soon-to-be husband, unaware of the strange rumours that cloud the family's name.

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Walerian Borowczyk
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Sirpa Lane ... Romilda de l'Esperance
Lisbeth Hummel ... Lucy Broadhurst
Elisabeth Kaza Elisabeth Kaza ... Virginia Broadhurst
Pierre Benedetti ... Mathurin de l'Esperance
Guy Tréjan ... Pierre de l'Esperance
Roland Armontel ... Priest
Marcel Dalio ... Duc Rammendelo De Balo (as Dalio)
Robert Capia Robert Capia ... Roberto Capia
Pascale Rivault ... Clarisse De l'Esperance
Hassane Fall ... Ifany
Anna Baldaccini Anna Baldaccini ... Théodore
Thierry Bourdon Thierry Bourdon ... Modeste
Mathieu Rivolier ... (as Mathieu Rivollier)
Julien Hanany Julien Hanany
Marie Testanière Marie Testanière ... Marie
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Storyline

Under the condition that within six months from the death of the accomplished businessman Philip Broadhurst, his beloved daughter and heiress to his immense fortune Lucy gets married to Marquis Pierre de l'Esperance's son Mathurin, innocent fair Lucy heads with her aunt to the crumbling estate of her soon-to-be husband. But the once noble estate is nestled deep in the French dense woods, where centuries ago, a wild and ravenous supernatural beast roamed the very forests driven by a raw and unquenchable lust for virginal unprotected girls. Before long, young Lucy completely unaware of the menacing legend and the strange rumours that cloud the family's name will begin experiencing appalling, yet sensually charged visions of an unprecedented vividness. Is there a bit of truth in the legend of the Beast of Gévaudan? Written by Nick Riganas

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Just About The Most Outrageous Erotic Fantasy Ever Committed To Film.


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Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Country:

France

Language:

French | Italian | English

Release Date:

15 April 1977 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Death's Ecstacy See more »

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Production Co:

Argos Films See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

Actor Bryan Pringle once took a date to a screening of The Beast (1975) in London. She was reportedly "appalled by his taste in films." See more »

Quotes

Priest: Spring is the cause of our excitement. We, frail humans, we are like animals, we suffer the laws of nature. Alas!
Pierre de l'Esperance: Happily, we have this intelligence, this heavenly gift, which enables us to fight our instincts.
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Edited into Caligula et Messaline (1981) See more »

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Disney, this is not (nor for that matter, Cocteau)
23 August 2007 | by Seamus2829See all my reviews

For anyone who has only seen Disney Productions beautifully animated version of 'Beauty & The Beast', or even Jean Cocteau's surreal fairy tale vision will be quite taken aback by this 1975 French (but with a director from Poland) version. The plot concerns a French family of fading aristocracy that is marrying into a well to do English family. The major catch is that the bridegroom is carrying an ancient curse on the family. The film also includes many flashback sequences (potentially) explaining this family curse. From the opening credits, to the very end, it's a nearly non stop erotic fun house ride, with some VERY explicit & graphic sexual content (hence the film's X rating in the U.S. in it's initial run,which is now unrated). The film's somewhat contemptuous sentiment at the ruling class will probably remind one of Bunuel's flights into similar territory. If you have a taste for the truly bizarre, and are not offended by "taboo" material, then this film may just scratch that itch for you.


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