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Tales of Ordinary Madness (1981)
"Storie di ordinaria follia" (original title)

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Poet/lecturer Charles Serking awakens from his alcoholic haze long enough to take a bus back to L.A. and plunge into an orgy of drink and sexual depravity.

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
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Charles Serking
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Cass
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Vera
Tanya Lopert ...
Vicky
Roy Brocksmith ...
Barman
Katya Berger ...
Girl on beach
Hope Cameron ...
Hotel proprietor
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Widow
Patrick Hughes ...
Pimp
Wendy Welles ...
Runaway
Stratton Leopold ...
Publisher
Anthony Pitillo
Jay Julien
Peter Jarvis
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Jean-Paul Boucher
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Storyline

After a lecture where a poem is read out to a group of bored students, the alcoholic and sex addicted poet, Charles Serking, meets a young girl backstage. Then he travels to Los Angeles, and has sex with bizarre women. When Charles meets the gorgeous self-destructive prostitute Cass in a bar, he finds his soul mate and falls in love for her. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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11 September 1981 (Italy)  »

Also Known As:

A hétköznapi őrület meséi  »

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Charles Serking: [Voiceover] I came to the conclusion that the touring poet act was a mistake, but then again my life's been one big one... so I've been told. Luckily I had a couple of fifties stashed and bought a bus ticket home. Forty-two hours and sixteen hundred miles of concrete later, I hit the streets of Los Angeles... Some call it "Lost Angels." Me. I was just another one of the lost back where I belonged... Back in L.A... I could have kissed the ground... I resisted the impulse. Besides, it was drink I ...
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Rock-a-bye-baby
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Traditional Anglo-American nursery rhyme and ballad
Sung by Ben Gazzara
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An exploration of the passions of flesh
4 July 2001 | by (Sydney, Australia) – See all my reviews

Marco Ferreri is a challenging film artist. His films are powered by an

insistent, intense focus on the passions of flesh - the human response

to, need for, and meditation on our bodily bounds and desires. In his

other films he's explored the excesses which bind our mortality from

hunger to sex to suicide. Here he zeroes in on the texts of the poet

Charles Bukowski, whose poetic life of booze and sexual conquest has him

teetering on the brink of annihilation but remaining firmly in the realm

of fierce, soulful expression. The main character in Tales of Ordinary

Madness is a poet whose relationships with women range from the

infantile to the sadomasochistic while he continues to binge on a diet

of alcohol. What he doesn't expect is to fall in love. Being a poetic

film (that is based around symbols and evocative imagery rather than

plot) this is a beautiful, estranged experience. Its a fascinating

glimpse of America from the outside. Vividly powered by Ben Gazzara's

performance as the outsider poet in the shadows of society, this is a

film to be explored with a roving eye. Its a film where the sex scenes

are not choreographed and sensual but brutal and unflinching in their

approach to the passions of flesh. Its a rough film but one which takes

us into the dark corners of love.














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