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La grande bouffe (1973)

NC-17 | | Comedy, Drama | 22 May 1973 (France)
A group of men hire some prostitutes and go to a villa in the countryside. There, they engage in group sex and resolve to eat themselves to death.

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Marcello
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Michel
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Philippe
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Ugo
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Andrea (as Andréa Ferreol)
Solange Blondeau ...
Danielle
Florence Giorgetti ...
Anne
Michèle Alexandre ...
Nicole
Monique Chaumette ...
Madeleine
Henri Piccoli ...
Hector
Maurice Dorléac
Simon Tchao ...
Le délégué de l'ambassade de Chine
Louis Navarre ...
Braguti
Bernard Menez ...
Pierre
Cordelia Piccoli ...
Barbara
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Four successful middle-aged men Marcello, a pilot; Michel, a television executive; Ugo, a chef; and, Philippe, a judge go to Philippe's villa to eat themselves to death. After the first night, Marcello insists that women should join them. Three prostitutes make it through a day or two; Andrea, a local school teacher, stays to the end. The villa, the food, and a Bugati roadster are essential props. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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An Experience That Hammers Your Sensibilities. See more »

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Comedy | Drama

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Rated NC-17 for some explicit sexuality | See all certifications »

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22 May 1973 (France)  »

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A Comilança  »

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1.66 : 1
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The film was originally shown unlicensed in the UK at the Curzon Cinema in Mayfair, and led pro-censorship campaigner Mary Whitehouse to bring a prosecution against the film under the Vagrancy Act (accusing the cinema owners of "keeping a disorderly house"). The case was thrown out and led censor James Ferman to extend the Obscene Publications Act to cover films, thus preventing movies with 'artistic merit' from suffering prosecution. The film was eventually passed fully uncut for video in 1994. See more »

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After Philippe says to Nicole "actor incombit probatio", a crew member can be seen in the mirror. See more »

Quotes

Ugo: Wanting to be Marlon Brando is vanity.
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Connections

Featured in One Hundred and One Nights (1995) See more »

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La Grande Bouffe (Générique)
Written by Philippe Sarde, Orchestra directed by Hubert Rostaing
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Decline of the capitalist society seen through the eyes of an iconoclast film maker.
14 August 2007 | by (Paris,France) – See all my reviews

Marco Ferreri's film "La Grande Bouffe" is a scathing attack on the hypocritical ways of our modern society in which too much importance is given to wealth creation.His film is also a truly accurate portrait of the decadence of materialist society which promotes hedonism.The film goes on to make a vitriolic assault on people who have wealth and their ways and manners to spend such a wealth.All the acts shown in the film like over eating, orgies,"living life to the fullest without giving a damn about morals and what the society would say I don't care attitude" are all the products of human mind which does not like to rest.This is the reason why three young men of different socio economic backgrounds who happen to be friends decide to make merry knowing fully well that they have adequate means to engage themselves in such a wild pursuit.It can be surmised that by showing that irresponsible wealthy people can even die of over eating Marco Ferreri wanted to suggest that it is not only the countless unfortunate poor people in this world who die of hunger.


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