Walerian Borowczyk

Controversial, iconoclastic and erotic, the works of Walerian Borowczyk have inspired censure and acclaim in equal measure.

Having first established himself in Poland as a hugely influential animator, Borowczyk enraged the authorities with his second feature, Goto - Island of Love, which depicted a crumbling dictatorship.

Reestablishing himself in France, he made his name with a series of brilliant but controversial works - Blanche, The Beast, Immoral Tales - until a late-career dip bestowed him with an unfair reputation as a pornographer.

His work has since been reappraised. A series of remastered re-releases cast his films in a new light, highlighting once unheralded pieces such as the surrealist masterpiece, The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Miss Osbourne.

With Borowczyk's reputation now rightfully restored we can admire the provocative vision of this master of sensuous cinema.

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The BeastThe Beast

Comedy197598 minsDirector: Walerian Borowczyk

An outrageous classic of erotic cinema, Walerian Borowczyk’s playful and subversive fantasy finds a horny heiress courting the ravenous desires of a wild beast.

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Immoral TalesImmoral Tales

Anthology1974103 minsDirector: Walerian Borowczyk

Walerian Borowczyk presents four stories of sexual taboos throughout the ages, in his highly controversial classic of 1970s erotic cinema.

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The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Miss Osbourne The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Miss Osbourne

Horror198191 minsDirector: Walerian Borowczyk

Udo Kier stars in Walerian Borowczyk's delirious erotic fever dream, which re-imagines Robert Louis Stephenson's moral tale as a deranged domestic sex farce.

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Period drama197194 minsDirector: Walerian Borowczyk

Borowczyk's visually stunning historical drama, which presents the story of a young woman's hypnotic beauty in the style of a moving medieval fresco.

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Mr. and Mrs. Kabal's TheatreMr. and Mrs. Kabal's Theatre

Animation & Artists Moving Image196777 minsDirector: Walerian Borowczyk

Walerian Borowczyk's (The Beast, Immoral Tales) first feature-length work is an existential marital drama set in a bizarre wasteland populated by exotic flora and fauna.

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Goto, Island of LoveGoto, Island of Love

Drama196893 minsDirector: Walerian Borowczyk

Borowczyk's entrancing fantasy set on a bizarre archipelago cut off from civilisation, where a petty thief attempts to seduce the dictator's wife.

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The Story of SinThe Story of Sin

Drama1976125 minsDirector: Walerian Borowczyk

Borowczyk’s Palme d'Or-nominated historical melodrama is his most passionate film, casting a critical eye on the Catholic Church while attaining an ecstatic pitch.