Subversive Italian satirist Marco Ferreri directed and co-wrote (with Rafael Azcona) this grotesquely amusing French black comedy about four men who grow sick of life, and so meet at a remote villa with the goal of literally eating themselves to death. The quartet comes from various walks of life -- a pilot (Marcello Mastroianni), a chef (Ugo Tognazzi), a television host (Michel Piccoli), and a judge (Philippe Noiret) -- but all are successful men with excessive appetites for life's pleasures (food is used as mere metaphor here, as graphic as that metaphor becomes).
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Excerpt from the documentary "Marco Ferreri: The Director Who Came From the Future"
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More than 1 year ago
Those who are the squeamish stay away. Those who love gross-out comedies rent this film. Clever idea, 4 well-to-do gentlemen lock themselves in a villa with a plump schoolteacher hoping to end their lives in debauchery and gluttony. All ends on a sick note, hinting flatulent teen films and catered to beardrinking buddies. Regardless of the great cast who might be wasting their time, all in all they seem to be having a lot fun at it. Check it out, then see Ferreri's surreal Bye Bye Monkey, a lot of fun too.
More than 1 year ago
Altho not for the squeamish (esp. those who get repulsed by extreme bathroom humor) La Grande Bouffe has a lot of laughs, delightful moments, and just plain inanity to waste a good 1 1/2. Presumably, set in Italy (considering it was directed by Italian maestro Marco Ferreri, the man who exposed Ornella Muti in his erotic dramas) four well-to-do yet lecherous gentlemen make a bet that they can spend several nights locked in a villa, wining and dining on gourmet foods, and fulfilling their hedonistic desires until the bitter end. The film stars four notable European actors: Marcello Mastroianni, Michel Piccoli, Ugo Tognazzi, & Philippe Noiret who all balance out this silly little production with such exceptional performances. Altho food is meant to be a thing of enjoyment and self-soothing, La Grande Bouffe presents it as very unappetizing and utterly nauseating. In one grotesque yet erotic scene a prostitute is flogged with food & then she vomits, telling the group that they are a bunch of pigs. In addition, flatulence prevails within the final scenes (a 'final' scene, not to be to overt) and there is a great emphasis on scatology throughout La Grande Bouffe. Marco Ferreri has always been scandalous with his pix, pushing the boundaries with graphic eroticism and infamous for his self-mutilation scenes. However, with La Grande Bouffe, Ferreri has steered closer to the former but played with this idea by adding irony and other light elements. In Short, if you plan to perfecting your culinary skills by watching this, don't even think abt it. The gourmet elements are merely inspirational artsy stuff, and this is no Big Night. However, those wanting a swell romp on a stay-at-home rainy day, well, sit back with a friend and smile.
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