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La Grande Bouffe review – a fabulous feast of desire and disgust

2 July 2015 2:45 PM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Jaded, crass and drenched in ennui, Marco Ferreri’s perverted nightmare of seedy 1970s sophistications may be a film of its time: but what a time

Of no film was it more rightly said: they don’t make them like that any more. Marco Ferreri’s La Grande Bouffe, from 1973 (or Blow-Out, to use its explosive English title) is on re-release. Jaded, authentically perverted, drenched in ennui, this absurdist nightmare is a locus classicus of 1970s chateau erotica. In all its seedy sophistication and degraded hedonism, it focuses not on desire but disgust. The nearest immediate comparison is possibly that episode of the Simpsons where Homer challenges trucker Red Barclay to a steak-eating contest which turns out to be fatal. There is also something here of Rabelais, De Sade and the surrealist Raymond Roussel, who believed in the subversive potential of eating the courses of a meal in the wrong order. »

- Peter Bradshaw

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