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A complete set of Arrow's recent releases from the acclaimed yet controversial Polish director. Online offer only. A complete set of Arrow's recent releases from the acclaimed yet controversial Polish director. Online offer only.
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A complete set of Arrow's recent releases from the acclaimed yet controversial Polish director.

Goto Isle of Love

In Walerian Borowczyk's first live-action feature, a petty thief works his way up the absurd hierarchy of Goto, an archipelago cut off from civilisation by a tumultuous earthquake. His dream is to possess Glossia, a stifled beauty trapped in a loveless marriage to a melacholic dictator.

The film's critique of totalitarianism originally saw it banned in both Communist Poland and Fascist Spain, but its look and atmosphere are wholly unique.

Blanche

In one of Walerian Borowczyk's most celebrated features, a 13th-century French nobleman's beautiful wife Blanche, as innocent as her name, becomes the unwilling object of attention by various visitors, including the King and his philandering page.

Widely acclaimed as one of cinema's most original and convincing evocations of the Middle Ages, Blanche's unique visual style resembles a medieval fresco, and its period-instrument soundtrack was years ahead of its time.

Immoral Tales

Walerian Borowczyk's first explicitly erotic feature, Immoral Tales presents a veritable cavalcade of depravity: cosmic fellatio, transcendental masturbation, blood-drenched lesbinaism and papal incest. 

It tells four stories, each delving further back in time, as if to suggest that the same issues recur constantly throughout human civilisation, whether involving notorious historical figures like Lucrezia Borgia and Erzsébet Báthory, or present-day teenagers.

The Beast

Bestial dreams interrupt the venal plans of a French aristocrat attempting to save a crumbling mansion by marrying off his deformed son to a horny American heiress.

Initially turned down flat by British censors but presented here uncut, Walerian Borowczyk's most outrageous feature broke new ground in sexual explicitness and remains a truly startling experience even today.

Short Films and Animation (including Theatre of Mr & Mrs Kabal)

Long before Immoral Tales and The Beast, fine artist turned animator Walerian Borowczyk initially made his name with dazzlingly original short films. This edition includes Astronauts, The Concert, Grandma's Enyclopedia, Renaissance, Angels' Games, Joachim's Dictionary, Rosalie, Gavotte, Diptych, The Phonograph, The Greatest Love of All Time and Scherzo Infernal.

In 1967, Borowczyk unveiled a 'feature-length animated film for mature adults', Theatre of Mr & Mrs Kabal, about a grotesquely mismatched but strangely loving couple who inhabit a desert full of strange flora and faune.

 

A complete set of Arrow's recent releases from the acclaimed yet controversial Polish director.

Goto Isle of Love

In Walerian Borowczyk's first live-action feature, a petty thief works his way up the absurd hierarchy of Goto, an archipelago cut off from civilisation by a tumultuous earthquake. His dream is to possess Glossia, a stifled beauty trapped in a loveless marriage to a melacholic dictator.

The film's critique of totalitarianism originally saw it banned in both Communist Poland and Fascist Spain, but its look and atmosphere are wholly unique.

Blanche

In one of Walerian Borowczyk's most celebrated features, a 13th-century French nobleman's beautiful wife Blanche, as innocent as her name, becomes the unwilling object of attention by various visitors, including the King and his philandering page.

Widely acclaimed as one of cinema's most original and convincing evocations of the Middle Ages, Blanche's unique visual style resembles a medieval fresco, and its period-instrument soundtrack was years ahead of its time.

Immoral Tales

Walerian Borowczyk's first explicitly erotic feature, Immoral Tales presents a veritable cavalcade of depravity: cosmic fellatio, transcendental masturbation, blood-drenched lesbinaism and papal incest. 

It tells four stories, each delving further back in time, as if to suggest that the same issues recur constantly throughout human civilisation, whether involving notorious historical figures like Lucrezia Borgia and Erzsébet Báthory, or present-day teenagers.

The Beast

Bestial dreams interrupt the venal plans of a French aristocrat attempting to save a crumbling mansion by marrying off his deformed son to a horny American heiress.

Initially turned down flat by British censors but presented here uncut, Walerian Borowczyk's most outrageous feature broke new ground in sexual explicitness and remains a truly startling experience even today.

Short Films and Animation (including Theatre of Mr & Mrs Kabal)

Long before Immoral Tales and The Beast, fine artist turned animator Walerian Borowczyk initially made his name with dazzlingly original short films. This edition includes Astronauts, The Concert, Grandma's Enyclopedia, Renaissance, Angels' Games, Joachim's Dictionary, Rosalie, Gavotte, Diptych, The Phonograph, The Greatest Love of All Time and Scherzo Infernal.

In 1967, Borowczyk unveiled a 'feature-length animated film for mature adults', Theatre of Mr & Mrs Kabal, about a grotesquely mismatched but strangely loving couple who inhabit a desert full of strange flora and faune.

 

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