Walerian Borowczyk

From Radical Animator to Frenzied Erotomaniac


  • Goto, l’île d’amour : A vital, pre-erotic step in Borowczyk’s work, revealing a highly individual approach to live action as seen through the eyes of an animator.
  • The Streetwalker (aka The Margin): A beautiful melancholic meditation on sex in a dirty, dirty world.
  • Blanche: Borowczyk’s elegant, sophisticated medieval tragedy exceeds conventional historical dramas.
  • The Story of Sin: Eve is traditionally the temptress, but in Borowczyk's tragic 19th-century romance, it is Ewa who is tempted.
  • The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Miss Osbourne: A kinky French horror film, with a disturbingly lustful sadism.
  • The Beast: Part fairy tale, part sex romp, part Buñuelian satire, Walerian Borowczyk’s most notorious film remains a quirky oddity.


  • The Motion Demon: At his best, the ground-breaking Polish director made films as if he had invented cinema.

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  • Les Astronautes: A wonderful, inventive 12-minute animation short made in collaboration with Chris Marker.
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