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campy and trite
written by wb1831 October 5, 2006 - 12:25 PM PDT
2 out of 3 members found this review helpful
i could not finish the movie. it was too campy for me. i turned it off when it became clear to me that the woman was falling in love with the beast in her dreams simply because he forced her into sexual acts.

yeah, right! i wish it was that easy to capture a woman's love!

cheesy and amusing
written by rarcher January 30, 2006 - 9:25 AM PST
5 out of 5 members found this review helpful
the other reviewers have already summed it up
i just wanted to add, there seems to be something wrong with the subtitle encoding - they drop out after the first 10 minutes or so, and then show up again somewhere past the halfway point, but picking up right where they left off so the text lags behind the film at least 1/2 hour
so if you don't like watching dubbed films and you don't understand french, you whould probably pass

Quite a surprise
written by norskog January 29, 2006 - 12:54 AM PST
3 out of 3 members found this review helpful
This movie is a cross between Beauty and the Beast, mid- to hard-core porn, and a country-house comedy of manners. At first I fast-forwarded through the plot hunting for naughty bits, got caught up in the non-naughty bits, and wound up watching from the opening to the middle again. It has structure problems: the three-act formula is muddled. The directing & cinematography is very good and I'm now hunting up Borowczyk's other films. Guy Tréjan in particular is very good as the master of the house.

I could not turn on the english subtitles.

"...twas beauty killed the beast!"
written by rpmfla January 19, 2006 - 1:09 PM PST
1 out of 2 members found this review helpful
If you think you might be offended by a very fake looking beast with a fake looking penis spewing fake looking..., then don't rent this DVD, because there is a lot of fake looking...

On the other hand, it has just enough of a fairytale quality (albeit an adult fairytale), doesn't seem to take itself too seriously, and presents a somewhat interesting low budget version of Beauty and the Beast. It's point seems to be that we (especially males) are not so different from beasts, except our penises are much smaller.

Nature is Serious, But Never Sad
written by Shiggidy September 5, 2004 - 11:08 AM PDT
2 out of 6 members found this review helpful
Lucy shows up in a Rolls with what looks like an SX-70 about the time the beast is due to rear its "ugly head." Borowczyk seems to have summed up the theme in a conversational exchange between the priest and the marquis. The priest says, "It's Spring you know and all of us have a tendency to get over excited. In that respect human beings are quite similar to animals. We are bound by laws of nature...Alas." The marquis says, "But the difference is we are blessed with intelligence, the divine gift that allows human beings to suppress their lower instincts." Thankfully (regrettably?), Borowczyk goes on to explore the futility of that assertion.


(Average 5.23)
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