() is a 1974 French anthology film directed by Walerian Borowczyk
. The film was Borowczyk's most sexually explicit at the time.
After the release of Immoral Tales
, Borowczyk's began to fall out of favor from film critics. Modern critical reception to the film is that it is not one of Borowczyk's strongest works.
The film is separated into four stories. The first story involves André (Fabrice Luchini
) who takes his 16-year old cousin to the beach to perform fellatio
on him in tune to the waves of the incoming tide. The second story is titled Thérése Philosophe
and involves a teenage country girl (Charlotte Alexandra
) who intermingles sexual desires in her imagination with her dedication to Christ
after being locked in her room. The third story features Elizabeth Báthory
) as a Countess who murders young girls in order to gain eternal youth by bathing in their blood. The final story involves the daughter of Pope Alexander VI
, Lucrezia Borgia
(Florence Bellamy), having sex with her male relatives.
The film's stories are taken from various sources including surrealist writers and poets. The first story in the film is taken from surrealist writer André Pieyre de Mandiargues
. The second story is taken from an anonymous sacrilegious... Read More