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224 Ratings


Directed by Walerian Borowczyk
France, 1971
Drama, History
  • French
  • English


Blanche is the young, pure, beautiful wife of the Master of the castle, in a secluded land. Every man is in love with her, including the King and his servant Bartolomeo, visiting the Master.

Blanche Directed by Walerian Borowczyk

Critics reviews

There is a music box quality both to [Borowczyk’s] overdetermined narrative structure and fondness for mechanical devices. Although scarcely a comedy, “Blanche” is not without its sardonic humor. A typical gag concerns the squad of priests who act as the king’s bodyguards and spies and who, when danger seems nigh, produce a variety of mechanical weapons concealed in their hymnals.
September 18, 2014
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What are people saying?

  • tidal waif's rating of the film Blanche

    The uncontested crown gem of my recent watches. Borowczyk tempers down his naughtiness though often lets ridicule transpire irresistibly, but bearing in mind that erotic interest, the sense of beauty & reverence for the sacred are proximate states of mind which feed into one another and grow from a common root, informs this uncharacteristic eclipse with the sense it's just picking the same triad from a divergent tip.

  • dionysus67's rating of the film Blanche

    While one can never be sure if Borowczyk's universe is occupied by animism, by human beings reduced to mechanical automata or both, the fact remains that if there is ontology in cinema this auteur has mastered its deepest secrets. The chateau turns to a plateau of desires, displacements and mummified purity with the last vestiges of innocence crumbling as if by a self-inflicted seism. A major work of art, in any art!

  • Jason's rating of the film Blanche

    Generously weird low-rent medieval pageant. And it's got Michel Simon. He must have wondered what the hell he had gotten himself into. The production design is predictably brilliant, and these straight-on close-ups Borowczyk does of his wife are majestic, though the extremely pristine and precise quality of Goto is supplanted by a more muddled execution here. The ending is gangbusters.

  • Matt Burgess's rating of the film Blanche

    Borowcyzk's most critically acclaimed feature - a bittersweet medieval fantasy with gorgeous painterly compositions and aesthetics. Although I prefer his later, more extreme films, this is still worth a watch. I saw a ratty print of this in a dingy art theatre which no doubt added to its otherworldly appeal

  • Daniel S.'s rating of the film Blanche

    ***1/2. The Middle Ages seen by Borowczyk. I really had the feeling to visit one of these castles recommended by travel guides. Michel Simon (77 years old) rocks! Recommended.

  • ADZERTY's rating of the film Blanche

    Les titres les plus souvent cités quand on évoque Borowczyk sont les Contes immoraux et la Bête.La trop peu connue Blanche est pourtant magnifique ! Cela commence comme un fabliau et s'achève en histoire tragique.La force destructrice du désir (thème prisé de la littérature médiévale) ou peut-être de sa répression, après tout, est remarquablement illustrée. Merci,Mubi,de nous faire redécouvrir cette oeuvre !

  • Olivier Serafinowicz's rating of the film Blanche

    Excellent film, theatrical in a good (and often hilarious) way, yet very cinematographic: great shots, aesthetics and montage. Michel Simon at 77, still brilliant.

  • animalcalls's rating of the film Blanche

    Maybe a bit meandering, maybe a bit slow and dull in its first 45 minutes, but utterly fascinating in its use of space. Borowczyk is a fan of trapping his actors in ornate, sprawling spaces, never letting the audience fully understand the layout of these environments. It almost makes it appear like everyone is trapped in a doomed maze.

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