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47 of 50 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Premium erotica
Immoral Tales is one of Borowzcyk's masterpieces, though it does not reach the heights of La Bete or L'ile d'amour. Borowczuk's style is distinctive: subliminal, insinuative imagery, slow build-ups leading up to explosive finales in which sexuality and (often) violence run wild, excellent scores and respectable acting, an amazing use of colour. All this amounts to much...
Published on 7 April 2004 by Petrides Antonis

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3.0 out of 5 stars 4 visually fascinating tales, one with a cucumber especially memorable
The tale of the girl locked in a room with some suggestive old prints and a cucumber is the one that stayed in my my mind for 30 years before the time came for me to get it on DVD. The sound of that cucumber was the thing that resonated most: the suck and the squelch of it was delicious. Borowczyk has always been good with sound as well as his uniquely, often flat two...
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47 of 50 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Premium erotica, 7 April 2004
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Petrides Antonis (Nicosia, Cyprus) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Immoral Tales [DVD] (DVD)
Immoral Tales is one of Borowzcyk's masterpieces, though it does not reach the heights of La Bete or L'ile d'amour. Borowczuk's style is distinctive: subliminal, insinuative imagery, slow build-ups leading up to explosive finales in which sexuality and (often) violence run wild, excellent scores and respectable acting, an amazing use of colour. All this amounts to much more than softcore pornography. Borowzcyk's achievement far surpasses the level of Emmanuelle and by far outstrips the likes of Franco and Brass.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars 4 visually fascinating tales, one with a cucumber especially memorable, 19 Nov 2008
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This review is from: Immoral Tales [DVD] (DVD)
The tale of the girl locked in a room with some suggestive old prints and a cucumber is the one that stayed in my my mind for 30 years before the time came for me to get it on DVD. The sound of that cucumber was the thing that resonated most: the suck and the squelch of it was delicious. Borowczyk has always been good with sound as well as his uniquely, often flat two dimensional, painterly visuals. But there was also the intense otherness of the girl's concentrated privacy as she worked it, unseen by us as we only get the view of her back torso. It's a visual poem. The cucumber story is in the naturalistic three dimensional style and concentrates on the textures of, usually solid, inanimate objects in the consistent closely observed Boro style found in all his films.
This film as a whole is not Borowczyk at his best but at least it's his second best.
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3.0 out of 5 stars One of the extras is heavily cut!, 10 Sep 2014
This review is from: Immoral Tales [Blu-ray] (Blu-ray)
Although the film itself is uncut, the Blu-Ray/DVD set has major cuts made to one of the extras, specifically the extra called "A Private Collector: Oberhausen Cut", that runs to 14m 31s. Sadly, 32s of that are blank screens of censored content. That is to say, when something has been censored, the screen goes completely blank. The start of the featurette does include the following note:

"In order to comply with UK law, part of this alternative version of A PRIVATE COLLECTOR has been adapted with the full co-operation of Borowczyk's regular collaborator Dominque Diverge-Segretin."

What they don't tell you, is that the "adaption" is censorship, made by Arrow, not by the BBFC. The cuts are as follows:

Cut 1 - 12m 08s to 12m 20s (12s of cuts)
Cut 2 - 12m 22s to 12m 24s (02s of cuts)
Cut 3 - 12m 26s to 12m 29s (03s of cuts)
Cut 4 - 12m 32s to 12m 35s (03s of cuts)
Cut 5 - 12m 39s to 12m 45s (06s of cuts)
Cut 6 - 12m 50s to 12m 56s (06s of cuts)

According to my research, the cuts are to remove scenes of bestiality. According to Michael B over at the Criterion Forums:

"[i]specifically we blacked-out all of the frames where there's actual sexual contact between the dog and the woman. We were advised that pixelation probably wouldn't be sufficient to avoid potential legal hassle.[/i]"

Allegedly, the bestiality scenes would NOT even have been passed at R18 levels!

Be warned!
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16 of 29 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars You Could Go Blind, 19 Feb 2012
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This artistically barren film doesn't really deserve any praise, but i'll award it two fat stars simply for the phenomenal nudity during the Countess Bathory segment. There are no less than THIRTY nubile chicks completely billy bollox during one sequence and I could only marvel at their collective hotness as I wallowed in freeze-frame and slo-mo bliss. I'm not kidding, there's enough 1970s wool in that scene alone to keep Alan Titchmarsh in cuddly jumpers for the next ten years.
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