La BÍte (The Beast)
La BÍte (The Beast) (1975)

In this story, a young nobleman with an unusually strong interest in horse-breeding is being prepared to marry the wealthy niece of an American Cardinal. (Noble families which are growing impoverished try to marry off their younger… More

Rated: NC-17
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Release Date: November 8, 2005
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Critic Score: 60% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Simon Abrams
Village Voice

Thankfully, the film's hateful social commentary can be overlooked during its beguiling gonzo sex scenes.

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Peter Bradshaw
Guardian

It's ridiculous; it's tacky; it's pretentious - but it's touched with something comically sublime.

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TV Guide's Movie Guide

The story is so convoluted, what with Rolls-Royces and a Catholic Cardinal and a priest who likes to kiss his two choir boys and... hey, it's worth seeing if you're into religious eroticism.

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David Thompson
Time Out

Seen from its own amoral perspective, aided by Borowczyk's remarkable sense of framing and rhythm, La BÍte is that rare achievement, a truly erotic film.

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Kim Newman
Empire Magazine

More charming than arousing, and solemnly silly.

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Fernando F. Croce
CinePassion

Beauty killed the beast, Borowczyk says, and erotic poetry freed the screen

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Guy Flatley
New York Times

Mr. Borowczyk's handling of his actors and his themes is sledgehammer-heavy, painfully in keeping with his evident contempt for humanity.

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Sean Hogan
Electric Sheep

Beyond the more censor-baiting material, The Beast is still a barbed, funny satire on sex, hypocrisy and repression.

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Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

The film is oddly effective and, unlike so many other "erotic classics," virtually undated.

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Flixster Audience Score: 53% Flixster User Reviews
Dean McKenna
I never except to see this arthouse film is very erotic while it finally released straight to DVD, not in the cinema in 1975 because it was banned for 30 years… More
Steve K
I wanted to like this a lot more than I did, but as a whole it came across as amateurish and juvenile, a weak framework being used as an excuse to show sexually… More