In Walerian Borowczyk’s Immoral Tales (aka Contes immoraux), four historic episodes explore taboos surrounding cosmic fellatio, female masturbation, bloodlust and papal incest. In The Tide (La Marée), a youth (Fabrice Luchini) and his cousin (Lise Danvers) are caught on a secluded beach by the rising tide; in Thérèse Philosophe, a young woman (Charlotte Alexandra) explores erotic possibilities with antique objects. Erzsébet Báthory deals with the legendary Hungarian Countess (Paloma Picasso), who discovers she can preserve her youth by bathing in virgin blood, and Lucrezia Borgia explores the infamous Italian noblewoman’s (Florence Bellamy) incestuous desires for her brother and her father, the Pope.
THE UK DUAL FORMAT RELEASE
This 2k high-definition restoration by Argos Films is released on Blu-ray with English subtitles for the first time by Arrow Films (as part of their dual format release). The film is presented in two versions: the familiar four-part edition, and the original five-part conception, including the short film version of La Bête, and with the following elements.
• New high definition digital transfers of the feature and the shorts, with uncompressed mono 2.0 PCM audio and optional English subtitles
• Introduction by Borowczyk expert Daniel Bird (2014)
• Immoral Tales: L’Age d’Or Cut (1974) This is the original five part version.
• Love Reveals Itself: Making Immoral Tales, featuring production manager Dominique Duvergé-Ségrétin and cinematographer Noël Véry (2014)
• Boro Brunch, a reunion meal recorded in February 2014 reuniting members of Borowczyk’s crew
• A Private Collection (1973), presented in the commercially released version, plus the more explicit ‘Oberhausen’ cut
• Original trailer