Camera Obscura: The Walerian Borowczyk Collection
Drama / Erotic

Camera Obscura: The Walerian Borowczyk Collection

This ground-breaking collection brings together Walerian Borowczyk’s key films from a twenty-five-year period stretching from 1959 through to 1984. This unique release includes five of Borowczyk’s provocative feature films: Theatre de Monsieur et Madame Kabal, Goto, l’ile d’amour, Blanche, Contes Immoraux and La Bête as well as his ground-breaking short films from this period, in digital high definition restorations approved by the director’s widow, Ligia Branice.

In addition to exclusive documentaries featuring cast and crew, an hour long portrait of Borowczyk is included, featuring the director’s musings on painting, animation and sex. Arrow Academy’s Walerian Borowczyk Collection is a vital addition to the collection of anyone interested in either world cinema, animation or experimental film.

Production Year: 1959
Region Code: B
UK Rating: 18
Running Time: 190 / 94 / 93 / 125 / 98 mins
Number of Discs: 5
Language: French
Subtitles: English
Audio: Mono 1.0
Aspect Ratio: 1.37:1 / 1.66:1
Colour: Colour
Director Walerian Borowczyk
Cast Louisette Rousseau
Cast Fabrice Luchini
Cast Michel Simon
Cast Lise Danvers
Cast Sirpa Lane


  • HD restorations of the five features
  • High Definition Blu-ray™ (1080p) presentations
  • Original uncompressed mono 1.0 audio
  • English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
  • Reversible sleeves featuring Borowczyk’s original poster designs and artwork


  • The short films Astronauts (1959), The Concert (1962), Grandmother’s Encyclopaedia (1963), Renaissance (1963), Angels’ Games (1964), Joachim’s Dictionary (1965), Rosalie (1966), Gavotte (1967), Diptych (1967), The Phonograph (1969), The Greatest Love of All Time (1978) and Scherzo Infernal (1984)
  • Introduction by filmmaker and animator Terry Gilliam
  • Film is Not a Sausage, a documentary about Borowczyk’s animated work featuring Borowczyk, producer Dominique Duvergé-Ségrétin, assistant André Heinrich and composer Bernard Parmegiani
  • Blow Ups, a visual essay by Daniel Bird about Borowczyk’s works on paper
  • Commercials by Walerian Borowczyk: Holy Smoke (1963), The Museum (1964) and Tom Thumb (1966)


  • Introduction by artist and Turner Prize nominee Craigie Horsfield
  • The Concentration Universe, a new interview programme featuring actor Jean-Pierre Andréani, cameraman Noël Véry and camera assistant Jean-Pierre Platel
  • The Profligate Door, a new documentary about Borowczyk’s sound sculptures featuring curator Maurice Corbet


  • Introduction by Schalcken the Painter director Leslie Megahey
  • Ballad of Imprisonment, a documentary about the film featuring producer Dominique Duvergé-Ségrétin, assistant director André Heinrich, camera operator Noël Véry and assistant Patrice Leconte
  • Obscure Pleasures: A Portrait of Walerian Borowczyk, a newly edited archival interview in which Borowczyk discusses painting, cinema and sex
  • Gunpoint, a documentary short by Peter Graham produced and edited by Borowczyk


  • Introduction by Borowczyk expert Daniel Bird
  • Love Reveals Itself, a video essay about the film featuring production manager Dominique Duvergé-Ségrétin and cinematographer Noël Véry
  • Obscure Pleasures: A Portrait of Valerian Borowczyk, a newly edited archival interview in which the filmmaker discusses painting, cinema and sex
  • Blow Ups, a visual essay by Daniel Bird about Borowczyk’s works on paper
  • Theatrical trailer


  • An introduction by film critic Peter Bradshaw
  • Borowczyk’s erotic short film Venus on the Half-Shell (1975)
  • The Making of the Beast, an hour-long documentary with rare on-set footage, narrated by cameraman Noël Véry
  • Frenzy of Ecstasy, a visual essay about The Beast’s design and the film’s unmade sequel
  • Original theatrical trailer