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Director:
Writers:
Marco Ferreri (scenario & adaptation) and
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Release Date:
20 May 1973 (France) See more »
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Plot:
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Awards:
2 wins & 1 nomination See more »
User Reviews:
A True Original See more (36 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Marcello Mastroianni ... Marcello

Michel Piccoli ... Michel

Philippe Noiret ... Philippe

Ugo Tognazzi ... Ugo
Andréa Ferréol ... 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
Jérôme Richard
Patricia Milochevitch ... Mini
James Campbell ... Zack
Eva Simonet ... La secrétaire (as Eva Simonnet)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Gérard Boucaron ... Le chauffeur
Annette Carducci ... Une hôtesse de l'air
Margaret Honeywell ... Une hôtesse de l'air
Mario Vulpiani ... L'autre copilote
Giuseppe Maffioli ... Le chef cuisinier (uncredited)
Rita Scherrer ... Anulka (uncredited)
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Directed by
Marco Ferreri 
 
Writing credits
Marco Ferreri (scenario & adaptation) and
Rafael Azcona (scenario & adaptation)

Francis Blanche (dialogue)

Produced by
Vincent Malle .... producer
Jean-Pierre Rassam .... delegate producer
 
Original Music by
Philippe Sarde 
 
Cinematography by
Mario Vulpiani 
 
Film Editing by
Claudine Merlin 
Gina Pignier 
 
Production Design by
Michel de Broin 
 
Set Decoration by
Claude Suné  (as Claude Sune)
 
Costume Design by
Gitt Magrini 
 
Makeup Department
Jacky Bouban .... makeup artist
Alfonso Gola .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
Ilya Claisse .... unit production manager
Alain Coiffier .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Enrico Bergier .... assistant director (as Enrique Bergier)
Rémy Duchemin .... assistant director
Jacqueline Ferreri .... assistant director (as Jacqueline Perrier)
François Lavigne .... assistant director
 
Art Department
Roger Jumeau .... property master
Maurice Sergent .... assistant set decorator
Michel Suné .... property master (as Michel Sune)
 
Sound Department
Jean Fontaine .... sound assistant
Michel Laurent .... sound assistant
Jean-Pierre Ruh .... sound engineer
 
Special Effects by
Paul Trielli .... special effects
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Jean-Louis Dastugue .... chief electrician
Jacques Dorot .... assistant camera
Yves Pouffary .... assistant camera
Bernard Prim .... still photographer
Pasquale Rachini .... camera operator (as Pascuale Rachini)
Ferdinand Roquet .... key grip (as Ferdinand Rocquet)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Muriel Ghene .... wardrober
Geneviève Tonnelier .... wardrober
 
Editorial Department
Laurence Lemaire .... assistant editor
Monique Prim .... assistant editor
 
Music Department
Michel Piccoli .... musician: piano solo
Hubert Rostaing .... musical director
William Flageollet .... music engineer (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Annie Cabat .... production secretary
Ilya Claisse .... studio manager
Henri Laurent .... assistant studio manager
Volker Lemke .... assistant studio manager
Giuseppe Maffioli .... consultant: gastronomy
Claude Parnet .... assistant studio manager
Jacques Quelennec .... assistant consultant: gastronomy
Colette Suder .... administrator
Becuwe Thomselle .... cooking equipment
 
Crew believed to be complete


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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"La grande bouffe" - France (original title)
"The Great Feed" - Europe (English title)
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MPAA:
Rated NC-17 for some explicit sexuality (re-rating) (1998)
Runtime:
130 min
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Color:
Color (Eastmancolor)
Aspect Ratio:
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Certification:
Argentina:18 | Australia:R | Australia:MA (TV rating) | Finland:K-18 | France:-16 | France:-12 (re-rating) | Germany:16 (re-rating) | Italy:VM18 | New Zealand:(Banned) (original rating) | New Zealand:R18 (re-rating) | Norway:18 | Portugal:M/18 | Spain:18 | Sweden:15 | UK:18 | USA:X | USA:NC-17 (re-rating) (1998) | West Germany:18 (original rating)
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Trivia:
Michel Piccoli's father Henri Piccoli plays a part in the movie, as well as his daughter Cordelia Piccoli.See more »
Goofs:
Crew or equipment visible: 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.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Cover Up (1974)See more »

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28 out of 31 people found the following review useful.
A True Original, 18 May 2006
Author: Crap_Connoisseur from Australia

Marco Ferreri is one of my all time favourite directors, for both his fearlessness in pushing boundaries and his piercing originality. Ferreri's greatest achievement was making relentlessly intellectual films that also managed to entertain. While many other European directors could get caught up in their own genius, Marco Ferreri was never pretentious enough to forget about his audience.

La Grande Bouffe is one of Ferreri's best and most notorious films. The premise is infamous, four friends gather at a country mansion with the intention of literally eating themselves to death. When this becomes tiresome they hire three prostitutes and invite the local school teacher to join them. This is not a film that follows a linear narrative, instead it expertly crafts a sense of atmosphere from a series of acutely observed vignettes. There are enough unforgettable images and surreal happenings in this film to make Salvador Dali green with envy. The meat garden, Andrea and Michel's flatulent love making and Philippe's relationship with his nanny are just three that come to mind. There is genius at work here, this is not an exercise in empty symbolism but a disturbing slice of modern life.

The impact of La Grande Bouffe has not wearied with age. The sex scenes are possibly less confronting (although Marcello's inventive use of a champagne bottle still raises eyebrows) but the film's psychological impact has not been dulled. The characters' ruthless pursuit of death is all the more disturbing given their unadulterated appreciation for life's pleasures. For a film with such disturbing content, La Grande Bouffe is also effortlessly entertaining. Ferreri somehow manages to balance the building tension with black humour, raunchy sex scenes and even budding romance.

This is probably a good time to mention the cast. Ferreri has gathered together a who's who of European cinema. Ferreri regulars like Mastroianni and Tognazzi combine brilliantly with French heavyweights like Piccoli and Noiret. Andrea Ferreol more than matches it with these acting giants. She deserves significant credit for her illuminating performance as the open minded school teacher with the appetite of a blue whale.

La Grande Bouffe is intelligent, disturbing and unrelenting. Most importantly, it is also entirely non-judgemental. Ferreri would never insult his audience by suggesting to them what they should think. If only more modern directors had taken note.

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