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    Added on: 12/9/2014 12:30
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    Immoral Tales

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    Contes immoraux
    Certificate: 18
    Running Time: 104 mins
    Retail Price: £19.99
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    Content Type: Movie

    Although it has much in common with Walerian Borowczyk’s earlier work, Immoral Tales marks the point where his reputation as an arty pornographer began, and was sexually explicit enough to have caused problems with the censors on its original UK release.

    It tells four stories revolving around particular taboos (virginity, female masturbation, bloodlust, incest), each delving further back in time, as if to suggest that the same issues recur constantly throughout human history and in all walks of life, whether it’s Lucrezia Borgia (Florence Bellamy) or Erzsébet Báthory (Paloma Picasso in her only screen role) or the anonymous teenagers of the earlier episodes.

    This high-definition restoration by Argos Films is being released on Blu-ray with English subtitles for the first time. The film is presented in two versions: the familiar four-part edition, and the original five-part conception, including the short film The True Story of the Beast of Gévaudan that was later expanded into Borowczyk’s later feature The Beast. The disc also includes both cuts of A Private Collection (1973), the short film that scandalised film festival audiences with its witty and often graphic study of vintage erotica.

    Special Features:
    New high definition digital transfers of the feature and the shorts
    Uncompressed Mono 2.0 PCM Audio
    Optional English subtitles
    Introduction by Borowczyk expert Daniel Bird
    Love Reveals Itself, a new interview programme featuring production manager Dominique Duvergé-Ségrétin and cinematographer Noël Véry
    A Private Collection (1973), presented in the commercially released version and the more explicit ‘Oberhausen’ cut
    Boro Brunch, a reunion meal recorded in February 2014 reuniting members of Borowczyk’s crew
    Theatrical trailer
    Reversible sleeve featuring original poster designs
    Booklet (details tbc)

    Video Tracks:
    1.66:1 Colour

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    Directed By:
    Walerian Borowczyk

    Written By:

    Soundtrack By:
    Maurice Leroux

    Director of Photography:
    Bernard Daillencourt
    Guy Durban
    Noël Véry
    Michel Zolat

    Walerian Borowczyk

    Production Designer:
    Walerian Borowczyk

    Anatole Dauman

    Arrow Academy

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