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Immoral Tales (1974)

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Director:

Walerian Borowczyk

Starring:

Charlotte Alexandra, Florence Bellamy, Lorenzo Berinizi, Lise Danvers

Genres:

Adult, Romantic Drama, Historical Drama

Origin:

France

Certificate:

R

Languages:

French With Subtitles

Running Time:

103 min

Immoral Tales

synopsis


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.

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Art or Porn? Bit of both, really.
David Heslin
01 December 2008
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When debating the difference between art and pornography, supporters of either side of the argument often fail to see that the two are far from mutually exclusive. Pornography is designed to titillate; art (in my own humble definition) is something that stimulates the mind. Why can't both co-exist? What this film achieves is simple: it titillates the (male) viewer with plenty of female nudity, an extended female masturbation scene, and depictions of various sex acts; simultaneously, it raises disturbing yet interesting theories on the natures of both male and female sexuality, with an emphasis on the relationship between sex and power. The film is divided into four episodes. The first deals with a youth (played, surprisingly enough, by the brilliant French actor Fabrice Luchini) using his family position to persuade his slightly younger cousin to perform a sexual act on him, and as potentially unsettling as that sounds, it proves the least confronting of the four episodes contained in this film. This is not to say that the film as a whole is a disturbing experience, as a simple synopsis does not do it justice: murder, rape and incest are all present, but such worries are mostly shielded from the viewer's sight, so much that one story could almost be described as Salo meets Bilitis. Immoral Tales is bizarre, erotic, and more than a little off. Yet, it simply couldn't have been made in any other decade than the 70s, and that fact alone makes it worth watching.

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