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The Beast (1975)

La bête (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama, Fantasy, Horror | 15 April 1977 (USA)
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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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Country:

France

Language:

French | Italian | English

Release Date:

15 April 1977 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Death's Ecstacy See more »

Company Credits

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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Alternate Versions

The film was rejected for UK cinema in 1978 by the BBFC and released on video in 1988 (as "Death's Ecstasy") with around 9 minutes of distributor pre-edits. It was finally passed completely uncut for cinema and video in 2001. See more »

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Referenced in Best of the Worst: Our VHS Collection (2019) See more »

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Walerian Borowczyk's lustful and erotic masterpiece.
25 April 2005 | by HumanoidOfFleshSee all my reviews

"La Bête" by Walerian Borowczyk is based on the short story "Lokis" written by Prosper Merimée.Lucy Broadhurst(Lisabeth Hummel),an American heiress betrothed to the son of an impoverished Marquis,arrives at the family's crumbling château and learns of a mythical ursine beast purported to prowl the nearby forest.It is fabled that a former lady of the house(Sirpa Lane)once engaged in perverse sex with the creature and Lucy finds herself consumed by dreams of the incident. "The Beast" is an art-house mix of surreal horror,explicit sleaze and porno.There's implied bestiality,assault and perversion in the priesthood,copious fake ejaculate smeared on bared breasts,masturbation with a rose and, most graphic of all,the eponymous beast toying with incredibly big phallus.Still this genuinely erotic film is wonderfully photographed and tasteless.The women here are stunningly beautiful and they are naked most of the time.Overall "La Bête" is a visual feast.Whether it be from the fetishistic attention to detail,or the visual motifs pregnant with information,Borowczyk's masterpiece should be watched with care and attention.A must-see for fans of European cult cinema.


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