Walerian Borowczyk was a television director too.

MUBI, a curated subscription video-on-demand service dedicated to independent and foreign movies, currently programs a 10-film series on Walerian Borowczyk. In Paris, some of his movies are screened from February 24th to March 19th at Centre Prompidou. This Polish-born director has worked a lot with Anatole Dauman (an important producer of Nouvelle Vague movies such as Hiroshima mon amour or Deux ou trois choses que je sais d’elle). His career is divided in two parts: first some avant-garde films, then some controversial movies: his earlier work had a certain erotic quality while his last films were more akin to cheap pornography.


Carton titre de Série rose – DR INA


Regrettably, his work for television is less known. In the 1980s, he was asked by Pierre Grimblat to take part in the creation of Série rose, a French television drama dedicated to on-screen adaptation of erotic classics. Walerian Borowczyk directed four episodes, between 1986 and 1991. It is interesting to note that Pierre Grimblat, like Borowczyk in a way, was a member of the Nouvelle Vague movement1. One of his first television productions, Série noire (1984-1989), was clearly influenced by Nouvelle Vague aesthetics, one episode was even written and directed by Jean-Luc Godard2. Continuer la lecture de « Walerian Borowczyk was a television director too. »

  1. For example, his first film Me faire ça à moi was written with François Truffaut. []
  2. Grandeur et décadence d’un petit commerce de cinéma” []