Thursday, September 08, 2005

THE BEAST (LA BETE) coming to Coolidge Corner

An upcoming midnight screening at the Coolidge Corner Theatre in Brookline, Massachusetts is The Beast (La Bete) directed by Walerian Borowczyk.

I first saw this film at the Harvard Film Archive a few years ago. Having seen a brief clip on UK television regarding Jarvis Cocker of the band Pulp, describing this as the first Erotic film he'd ever seen in a proper seedy cinema. Jarvis recalls how it was the first time he'd seen a woman's breasts in motion, 'reacting to gravity'. This film is definately a cut above a lot of what's out there, despite its dubious history. It is also one of the funniest films I've ever seen.

Saturday, September 17, 2005.


from the distributor, cult epics, website:

"Once upon a time in the 18th century a beast lived in the woods of an aristocratic estate. And this beast, possessed of a giant phallus and an insatiable lust, set upon the beautiful young lady of the house. Two centuries later, the tale of the beast would return in the dreams of an American heiress contracted to carry the male descendant of the same crumbling aristocratic family and their secret.
Controversial rework of The Beauty And The Beast, which was forbidden for 25 years."

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