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La Grande Bouffe (1973)

La grande bouffe (original title)
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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Andrea (as Andréa Ferreol)
Solange Blondeau ...
Florence Giorgetti ...
Michèle Alexandre ...
Monique Chaumette ...
Henri Piccoli ...
Maurice Dorléac
Simon Tchao ...
Le délégué de l'ambassade de Chine
Louis Navarre ...
Bernard Menez ...
Cordelia Piccoli ...


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

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22 May 1973 (France)  »

Also Known As:

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 »


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


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La Grande Bouffe
Written by Philippe Sarde, Piano Solo by Michel Piccoli
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The collapse of a miniature consumption society.
24 May 2003 | by (Helsinki) – See all my reviews

A pilot, a cook, a choreographer, and a judge (+ a teacher!). Every key aspect of the western culture is present in this brilliant, surreal farce. The only ideology the men and the poor Andréa hold is one of hedonistic consumption of food and sex. The prostitutes are the sensible ones, leaving out of the game in time. They represent the "outsiders", people who refuse to take part in the destructive lifestyle, and are saved.

If you hate symbolism, you might watch this as a very funny and brilliantly acted comedy. If you don't mind the symbolism, every time you watch it again you'll find new depths in Ferreri's witty commentary of modern western lifestyle. Personally I don't mind it, hence 10/10. Belongs to my top 10 of all times.

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