The/ D+, D+
Against my better judgment I watched The
Beast. Is this an erotic masterpiece? Or a long lost poorly made gothic
porn flick? Will this arouse movie lust in any quarters? No that
I can see. The explicit sexual encounters are mostly laughable, often
disgusting. The bestiality isn't the least bit funny or erotic. Let me strongly
advise that the material will likely
offend viewers lacking a liberal and open view of the free spirit of
Hidden under gauzy parable pretension, The
Beast aspires to piggy back on the erotic possibilities of the
classic fable Beauty and the Beast.
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There is a history to Borowczyk's film. The core
beast encounter was filmed as part an anthology film. Reworked around an
absurd story of a desperate French family on the verge of bankruptcy,
the kernel of carnality surfaces as a lustful dream. The dream itself
begins hilarious reminiscent of a silent movie as a fair maiden travels
from her tower into the forest. Too bad she had to meet the beast. That
encounter is mostly ludicrous and thoroughly disgusting.
Is Borowczyk playing it for comic effect? I guess so.
The result is something between soft comic book pornography and hard
core depravity. The performances, right down to the beast, are uniformly
stilted. The English Dub from French is atrocious .Let's even credit it
as intentionally bad at least delivering some modicum of humor.
Source elements for this transfer are not in
good shape. I have no idea what the original material looked like, but
this DVD is washed out with poor contrast. Soft focus prevails.
Close-ups provide enough detail, but longer lens shots and busier
compositions are especially weak. There's plenty of dirt and scratches,
which would be livable if only the images were sharp. Sound is
artificial and lacks ambient. Well, no use beating a dead
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