Cover of the French DVD release, featuring a scene from the story Lucrezia Borgia
|Directed by||Walerian Borowczyk|
|Produced by||Anatole Dauman|
|Written by||André Pieyre de Mandiargues|
|Music by||Maurice Leroux|
|Distributed by||New Line Cinema|
|Release date(s)||August 28, 1974 (French release)
March 10, 1976 (U.S. release)
|Running time||103 min.|
The film is composed of four stories set in four different epochs. Each story starts with a written prologue. The film was lauded by some for its unique surrealist vision and derided by others as pornography. However, in contrast to the aesthetics of modern visual pornography, its imagery is found disturbing, rather than amusing, by many viewers. The film is in French, with Hungarian and Italian dialogue.
The title is a pun on Éric Rohmer's Six contes moraux (Six Moral Tales) series of films, with which they share actor Fabrice Luchini. Immoral Tales was in fact conceived as a film of six stories in 1973. The other two episodes were also filmed but Une collection particulière was released as a separate short, and the footage of La véritable historie de la bête du Gévaudan became the dream sequence in Borowczyk's feature-length film La bête (1975).
Story 1: La Marée (The Tide):
Story 2: Thérése Philosophe
Story 3: Erzsébet Báthory
Set in 17th century Hungary, this tells a story of Elizabeth Báthory. In the story Paloma Picasso appears in the role of the Countess. It was shot in Sweden, featuring Marie Forså as one of the girls at Báthory's castle who inserts a pearl from the Countess's broken necklace into her vagina.
Story 4: Lucrezia Borgia
15th century, Italy. Borgia family will continue with their incestuous relationships as his criticism brings the end of Girolamo Savonarola. The actor playing Pope Alexander VI is credited as "Jacopo Berinizi", a nom de plume used by Chris Marker who was a friend and collaborator to Borowczyk.