Pale and Drawn

I was sort of admiring the queasy sepia tones of Walerian Borowczyk’s LITTLE THEATRE OF MR AND MRS KABAL, when I realized that in fact I was looking at an Eastmancolor type print which had faded to pink. Almost totally.

In this day and age, when even some of the worst Jesus Franco movies have had loving digital restorations, old Boro is still ill-served. There are obscure editions of his early animations, and some of the later pornos are out there in nice quality copies, but, for instance, his dark masterpiece DR JEKYLL AND THE WOMEN, can be seen only via bootleg dubs of a hard-subbed VHS. And maybe it’s just the fact that I love old stuff, but I’d say that DECASIA-style nitrate decomposition makes for a far superior aesthetic effect than Eastmancolor pinking.

Here’s a live action shot from KABAL —

Boro’s rainbow family harem are now unified in puce. Alack!

More on KABAL at The Forgotten, courtesy of The Daily Notebook, soon — but my editor is currently whooping it up hard at work in Cannes, so there may be some slight delay.

Update — The Forgotten on Borowczyk.

2 Responses to “Pale and Drawn”

  1. I’m a fan of Boro’s BLANCHE.

  2. Yes, that one approximates medieval art with its flat compositions, and also seems on the verge of turning into a cut-out cartoon. And it’s beautiful!

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