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The True Story of the Gévaudan Beast

A Short film by Walerian Borowczyk

Produced by Argos Films

Production year : 1975

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Production and distribution (2)

Executive Producer :

Argos Films

Foreign production company :

Schamoni Film


Borowczyk initially made the short film The True Story of the Beast of Gévaudan (La véritable histoire de la bête du Gévaudan) for the anthology Immoral Tales (Contes immoraux, 1974), but it was subsequently removed and turned into the 18th-century dream sequence in The Beast.  It’s now bookended by a Lokis-inspired present-day framing story in which young Lucy Broadhurst (Lisbeth Hummel) travels to France for an arranged marriage, but discovers that her would-be husband Mathurin (Pierre Benedetti) is less interested in her than he is in his horses - shown graphically copulating in the film’s confrontational opening sequence. 

Full credits (3)

Executive Producers :

Peter Schamoni, Anatole Dauman

Director of Photography :

Marcel Grignon

Screenwriter :

Walerian Borowczyk

Technical details

Short film

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Coproducer countries :

France, Germany

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Runtime :

18 min

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