Back home, Glauco, an industrial designer, finds his wife in bed with a serious headache. She has left him dinner but it is cold and Glauco decides to prepare himself a gourmet meal. While ... See full summary »
Roberto has a new job as the teacher at a nursery school. The first child he meets is Gianluigi, who's mute. Roberto is spirited, bringing a TV into class, then a donkey. He takes children ... See full summary »
Francesca De Sapio,
The film celebrates the 100th anniversary of the birth of cinema. It presents the technical and artistic evolution of the motion pictures. We move from mute to sound, from black-and-white ... See full summary »
A beautiful film which is basically about a man, a piano player, who meets and falls in love with a beautiful and voluptuous woman, who, by some strange procedure, leaves the man unable to ... See full summary »
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
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 »
Four friends, Marcello, Philippe, Ugo, and Michel, gather at an old villa owned by one of them, in order to spend a week in there eating in enormous quantities and excessively. They also invite some prostitutes and drag in an elementary school teacher they had met, so that they can plunge into a surfeit of both food and sex. The grotesque and tense atmosphere becomes even more so when people start to get sick, and the real means of the gathering subtly becomes clear. Driven by four outstanding performances, Marco Ferreri's (arguably) most talked-about film, with surprising focus and vividness¬, is able to criticize all at once the excess of pleasure, an entire social class of a generation, and the futile and arrogant attempt to surmount the human limits, and it does so by utilizing an outstandingly bitter reductio ad absurdum filled with sarcasm and pitch black humor, and with a few winks at directors like Luis Bunuel.
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