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An outrageous classic of erotic cinema, Walerian Borowczyk’s playful dismantling of bourgeoisie norms concerns Lucy, an heiress destined to marry the deformed son of her late father’s best friend. Upon discovering the myth of a ravenous beast that stalks her fiancé’s estate, Lucy becomes lost in a dream world of sexual fantasies involving the insatiable creature.
Initially prepared as a segment of Borowczyk’s portmanteau film Immoral Tales (also on BFI Player), the director was forced to excise the sequence and subsequently expanded it into the feature-length The Beast.
Comedy 2001 113 mins Director: Takashi Miike
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Comedy 1973 130 mins Director: Marco Ferreri
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Comedy 1997 85 mins Director: Cheryl Dunye
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Comedy 1979 72 mins Director: Federico Fellini
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Drama 2005 90 mins Director: Bent Hamer
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Comedy 1969 92 mins Director: Brian De Palma
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Drama 1974 106 mins Director: Alain Robbe-Grillet
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Thriller 1966 95 mins Director: Alain Robbe-Grillet
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Drama 1969 98 mins Director: Alain Robbe-Grillet
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Animation & Artists Moving Image 1973 72 mins Director: René Laloux
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Drama 1973 80 mins Director: Jean Rollin
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Horror 1960 90 mins Director: Georges Franju
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Directed by Walerian Borowczyk
Horror 1981 91 mins Director: Walerian Borowczyk
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Anthology 1974 103 mins Director: Walerian Borowczyk
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Drama 1976 125 mins Director: Walerian Borowczyk
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Period drama 1971 94 mins Director: Walerian Borowczyk
Borowczyk's visually stunning historical drama, which presents the story of a young woman's hypnotic beauty in the style of a moving medieval fresco.
Drama 1968 101 mins Director: Jean-Luc Godard
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Crime 2011 151 mins Director: Nuri Bilge Ceylan
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Drama 2020 104 mins Director: Suzanne Guacci
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Documentary 2020 78 mins Director: Evan Purchell
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Documentary 1971 87 mins Director: Peter Neal
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