Walerian Borowczyk’s first explicitly erotic feature, Immoral Tales presents a veritable cavalcade of depravity: cosmic fellatio, transcendental masturbation, blood-drenched lesbianism and papal incest.
It tells four stories, each delving back further in time, as if to suggest that the same issues recur constantly throughout human civilization, whether involving notorious historical figures like Lucrezia Borgia and Erzsébet Báthory, or present-day teenagers.
Capitalizing on the relaxation of censorship laws, Immoral Tales would transform Borowczyk’s image from brilliant but obscure avant-garde artist to one of Europe’s most confrontational filmmakers when it came to trampling on sexual taboos.
Reviews"Draws on the influence of Pasolini and Ken Russell in its mischievous attempt to titillate."
- The Guardian
"Immoral Tales takes Borowczyk's celebrated eye for erotic representation about as far as it can go."
- Time Out
New high definition digital transfers of two versions of the feature, the familiar four-part edition and the original five-part conception including the short film The Beast of Gévaudan (which later became the feature The Beast)
Uncompressed French Mono 1.0 PCM Audio
Optional English subtitles
Introduction by Borowczyk expert Daniel Bird
Love Reveals Itself, a video essay about the film featuring production manager Dominique Duvergé- Ségrétin and cinematographer Noël Véry
Obscure Pleasures: A Portrait of Valerian Borowczyk, a newly-edited archival interview in which the filmmaker discusses painting, cinema and sex
Blow Ups, a visual essay by Daniel Bird about Borowczyk's works on paper
Reversible sleeve featuring Borowczyk's own original poster design
Illustrated booklet containing new writing on the film by by Daniel Bird and an archive piece by Philip Strick