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La grande bouffe (1973)

NC-17 | | Comedy, Drama | 22 May 1973 (France)
A group of men go to a villa in the French countryside where they resolve to eat themselves to death.

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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 middle-aged friends and members of the professional bourgeoisie, Ugo, a chef and restaurant owner, Marcello, an incorrigible womanizer and Alitalia pilot, Michel, a delicate television producer, and Philippe, a venerable magistrate, gather for a debaucherous weekend at the latter's Parisian villa. There, as the four men prepare for a Romanesque feast, truckloads of fine food and wine arrive, accompanied by three elegant and lithe prostitutes. Without a doubt, the rapacious and degraded hedonists are determined to eat themselves to death, one elaborate morsel after another, nevertheless, for what reason? Written by Nick Riganas

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Vulgar Vaudeville On An Epic Scale... A Mordant, Chilling, Hillarious Dirty Movie. 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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In the final scene in the garden - where Philipe is sitting on the bench, there is a poem by Dorothy Frances Gurney written on the bench. Many garden lovers have this poem written in their gardens. It says: "Kiss of the sun for pardon. Song of the birds for mirth. You're closer to God's heart in a garden than any place else on earth." 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

Marcello: You should do a special menu. "A dinner offered by four Burgundian gentlemen to three nice Canterbury whores!"
Philippe: Ah, so they're whores, eh?
Michel: What did you expect?
Philippe: I've got a great menu idea. "The Whore Menu"! A sauté of fat and lean given by four gourmand gourmets, epicures for three young ladies, in twelve courses.
Marcello: That's it.
Philippe: Crayfish à la Mozart on a bed of rice à la Sully, with Sauce Aurora.
Marcello: Not bad.
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La Grande Bouffe
Written by Philippe Sarde, Piano Solo by Michel Piccoli
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To Kill a Cat You Should Choke It with Cream
2 November 2007 | by See all my reviews

What can be a better protest against hedonism than to kill oneself in the most hedonistic way: to sate oneself with food and luxury and sex to death? So four old friends gather together in the luxuriant family villa belonging to the one of the participants and start devouring their way to exotic quietus, I should warn you though, the spectacle isn't for the hungry, and however difficult the task may seem it turns out to be quite feasible. What is the most great in this movie is its thick atmosphere of absurdity and surreality of everything happening on the screen and at the same time a verisimilitude of this occurrence. This movie also brilliantly managed to catch a zeitgeist of its epoch. At the time the film was announced to be a scandal of the year.


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