Walerian Borowczyk

1923 - 2006

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Walerian Borowczyk (21 October 1923 – 3 February 2006) was a Polish film director described by film critics as a "genius who also happened to be a pornographer". He directed 40 films between 1946 and 1988. Borowczyk settled in Paris in 1959. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Walerian Borowczyk has received more than 343,407 page views. His biography is available in 22 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 21 in 2019). Walerian Borowczyk is the 363rd most popular film director (down from 342nd in 2019), the 422nd most popular biography from Poland (down from 362nd in 2019) and the 13th most popular Polish Film Director.

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Among film directors, Walerian Borowczyk ranks 363 out of 2,041Before him are Clifford Odets, Juan Antonio Bardem, Jacques Feyder, Jacques Audiard, Irvin Kershner, and Kinji Fukasaku. After him are Ladislas Starevich, Jacques Doillon, Emilio Fernández, Jerzy Hoffman, Veljko Bulajić, and Alexander Sokurov.

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Among people born in 1923, Walerian Borowczyk ranks 108Before him are Belisario Betancur, Daniel Carleton Gajdusek, Yuriko, Princess Mikasa, Cheikh Anta Diop, Philly Joe Jones, and Irvin Kershner. After him are Stig Dagerman, Alexandre Astruc, Loriot, Charles Durning, Svetozar Gligorić, and Dimitrios Ioannidis. Among people deceased in 2006, Walerian Borowczyk ranks 95Before him are Ryutaro Hashimoto, Lee Jong-wook, Betty Friedan, Rudolf Vrba, Óscar Míguez, and Robert Plutchik. After him are Richard Kuklinski, Pierre Clostermann, Alexander Zinoviev, Jane Jacobs, Alberto Spencer, and Rocío Dúrcal.

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Among people born in Poland, Walerian Borowczyk ranks 422 out of 1,694Before him are Teresa Orlowski (1953), Stanisław Przybyszewski (1868), Jan Tarnowski (1488), Ernst Niekisch (1889), Hedwig Jagiellon, Electress of Brandenburg (1513), and Josef Hofmann (1876). After him are Alexandre Tansman (1897), Eleonore Reuss of Köstritz (1860), Vitello (1230), Jerzy Hoffman (1932), Sendivogius (1566), and Uri Orlev (1931).


Among film directors born in Poland, Walerian Borowczyk ranks 13Before him are Jerzy Skolimowski (1938), Agnieszka Holland (1948), Robert Wiene (1873), Jean Epstein (1897), Jerzy Stuhr (1947), and Krzysztof Zanussi (1939). After him are Jerzy Hoffman (1932), Paweł Pawlikowski (1957), Andrzej Munk (1921), Wojciech Has (1925), Rudolph Maté (1898), and Boris Kaufman (1906).


Immoral Tales
Four erotic tales from in various historical eras. The first, 'The Tide', is set in the present day, and concerns a student and his young female cousin stranded on the beach by the tide, secluded from prying eyes. 'Therese Philosophe' is set in the nineteenth century, and concerns a girl being locked in her bedroom, where she contemplates the erotic potential of the objects contained within it. 'Erzsebet Bathory' is a portrait of the sixteenth-century countess who allegedly bathed in the blood of virgins, while 'Lucrezia Borgia' concerns an incestuous fifteenth-century orgy involving Lucrezia, her brother, and her father the Pope.
The Beast
The head of a failing French family thinks that fate has smiled down on him when the daughter of a wealthy man agrees to be married to his son. The daughter and her aunt then travel out to the French countryside to meet with the family, unaware that a mysterious 'beast' is stalking the vicinity.
The Games of Angels
Animated short. Abstract forms in a setting evocative of a concentration camp created by the universe. Based on a series of paintings by the Polish artists and filmmaker Walerian Borowczyk, Les Jeux des Anges takes the viewer into a nightmarish and sinister labyrinth world. With images reminiscent of Bosch and Ernst and an abstract soundtrack the film evoke unspeakable horrors lurking at the heart Borowczyk's masterpiece. Borowczyk described the film himself as "A report on the city of angels."