Immoral Tales (1973)
Immoral Tales (1973) is a French-Polish film directed by Walerian Borowczyk. It is a collection of four stories, each of which explores a different aspect of human sexuality. The film is considered to be one of the most controversial films of its time, due to its explicit content and its frank depiction of sexual themes.
The first story, “The Tide”, follows a young man who is obsessed with a beautiful woman he sees on the beach. He follows her home and eventually seduces her, but their relationship is complicated by the fact that she is married. The second story, “Erzsebet Bathory”, is a historical drama about the infamous Countess Bathory, who is said to have bathed in the blood of virgins in order to maintain her youth. The third story, “Lucrezia Borgia”, follows the titular character as she embarks on a series of sexual adventures in order to gain power and influence. The fourth and final story, “Thanatos”, is a surreal tale about a man who is haunted by the ghost of his dead lover.
Immoral Tales is a daring and provocative film that is not for the faint of heart. It is a bold exploration of human sexuality, and its frank depictions of sexual themes make it a controversial classic. The film is a must-see for fans of art-house cinema, and its daring approach to sexuality is sure to leave viewers with plenty to think about.
Of the 4 tales, there are many nude scenes involving female nudity, including closeup shots of the female breasts, butt and pubic area. In the third tale, there are also scenes involving male nudity, showing shots of the butt and genital area.
All 4 tales includes some sort of sexual act, whether it is with another man/woman or themselves (female), though there are not any shots of penetration. Penetration is nearly shown in one segment, with the outer and inner labia visible in very close-up for a split second until a hand obscures the view, seeming to place an object inside.
The most explicit tale is most likely the third, where there are multiple close-up scenes of characters fondling each other's breasts and hands washing their own or other pubic area. Very little is seen in the pubic area except pubic hair but the camera dwells upon that area quite extensively. About 30 young women are seen totally naked. Most of the nudity is of their backs but there is plenty of the front also shown.