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Storie di ordinaria follia (1981)

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 ...
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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)  »

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A hétköznapi őrület meséi  »

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Charles Serking: [voiceover] Waiting on the next tumble of the days I made Venice Beach with a six-pack and hit the jackpot when I spotted this blond number. She was that rare kind who gives you an instant hard-on. All sexual sleeze with an ass like a wild animal. My kind of game. She was radiating heat, putting out signals and I was hooked. I followed her. What the hell else could I do? My blood was up...
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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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Masterful vision of a man enslaved by sexual and alcoholic gluttony
8 December 2005 | by (Mountains of Madness) – See all my reviews

Spectacularly sleazy, beautiful, boisterous and sexy, this is the real Bukowski deal, a booze-fueled erotic odyssey by the adventurous Ferreri with the perfectly cast Ben Gazzara as Charles Serking (Bukowski).

Ornella Muti, as Serking's sexual muse, is Venus incarnate and turns in a powerhouse performance as Cass, an emotionally damaged whore with a penchant for pain. The scenes of Gazzara swaggering in and out of LA's fleapit bars, apartments and hotel rooms convey a filthy, delirious ambiance that is vividly captured by Tonino Delli Colli's superb cinematography and Dante Ferretti's exquisitely oily production design. This is such an amazing looking film with a thick, steamy, anything-goes atmosphere of lust-ridden anarchy.

Much grittier than the accomplished "Barfly" and more watchable than "Love Is A Dog From Hell", the entire affair has an emotional, raw resonance that slavishly captures the Bukowski sensibility and remains consistently perverse in its singular vision of a man enslaved by alcoholic and sexual gluttony.

Phillipe Sarde's score is moody and rich, as is Gazzara's breathy voice-over.

A masterpiece.


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