Tales of Ordinary Madness

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Ben Gazzara delivers a gutsy, four-barreled performance as skid-row poet and storyteller Charles Bukowski rechristened Charles Serking onscreen in Tales of Ordinary Madness, blackly comic Italian director Marco Ferreri's adaptation of Bukowski's roman à clef Erections, Ejaculations, Exhibitions and General Tales of Ordinary Madness. Half soused, with a 2 a.m. shadow and street urchin rags, Serking waltzes through the scummiest neighborhoods of the City of Angels, indulging in booze, poetry, and copulation, and ...
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Ben Gazzara delivers a gutsy, four-barreled performance as skid-row poet and storyteller Charles Bukowski rechristened Charles Serking onscreen in Tales of Ordinary Madness, blackly comic Italian director Marco Ferreri's adaptation of Bukowski's roman à clef Erections, Ejaculations, Exhibitions and General Tales of Ordinary Madness. Half soused, with a 2 a.m. shadow and street urchin rags, Serking waltzes through the scummiest neighborhoods of the City of Angels, indulging in booze, poetry, and copulation, and lounging in flophouses and on grimy public buses. His bedmates are a midget, a string of seedy whores, and various earthy L.A. denizens, played by Susan Tyrell, Ornella Muti, and others; he eventually falls for a prostitute who can express her affection only via self-mutilation. Ferreri lets Bukowski's ribald humor flow throughout and exposes the dark erotic currents at the heart of the author's narratives. Laced with perverse, shocking imagery, this unbridled celebration of life's dark underbelly has been praised by critics such as The New Yorker's Pauline Kael and Playboy's Bruce Williamson for its "genuine audacity and risktaking."
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Special Features

Excerpt from the documentary "Marco Ferreri: The Director Who Came From The Future"
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/7/2009
  • UPC: 741952318095
  • Original Release: 1981
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  • Source: Koch Lorber Films
  • Presentation: Wide Screen
  • Language: English
  • Time: 1:38:00
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Ben Gazzara Charles
Ornella Muti Cass
Susan Tyrrell Vera
Tanya Lopert Vicky
Katya Berger
Roy Brocksmith Bartender
Hope Cameron Landlady
Judith Drake Fat Woman
Technical Credits
Marco Ferreri Director, Screenwriter
Sergio Amidei Screenwriter
Tonino Delli Colli Cinematographer
Nicoletta Ercole Costumes/Costume Designer
Jacqueline Ferreri Producer
Dante Ferretti Production Designer
Sergio Galiano Associate Producer
Ruggero Mastroianni Editor
Philippe Sarde Score Composer
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Tales of Ordinary Madness
1. Style [10:42]
2. Lost Angels [9:23]
3. Wake Up [9:48]
4. American Wet Dream [14:42]
5. Elegant [7:25]
6. Galon of Wine [12:25]
7. Cass [4:55]
8. Beach House [6:25]
9. Letter [6:47]
10. New York [6:24]
11. Back to Square One [10:35]
12. End Credits [2:04]
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Disc #1 -- Tales of Ordinary Madness
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Ferreri tackles Bukowski

    Some people who have read the novels Tales Of Ordinary Madness & The Most Beautiful Woman in Town might have an easy time approaching this film. Both stories written by Charles Bukowski have elements that can be easily put to the cinema. Episodic, humorous, and sometimes vulgar, Marco Ferreri's films (like Bukowski's books) are not for everybody, & I feel this is not one of his better films; La Grande Bouffe and Bye Bye Monkey are my 2 favorite. But still, those who enjoy erotic tales, about dissolute antiheroes, peformed with an amount of lewd gusto will find Gazzara's character entertaining. Not to mention the trouble yet beautiful Cass played by Italy's Ornella Muti, an actress who is to this day still underrated. Not on my top 10 list but still a film worth checking out.

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