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La Grande Bouffe (1973)

La grande bouffe (original title)
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.

Director:

Marco Ferreri

Writers:

Marco Ferreri (scenario & adaptation), Rafael Azcona (scenario & adaptation) | 1 more credit »
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2 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Marcello Mastroianni ... Marcello
Michel Piccoli ... Michel
Philippe Noiret ... Philippe
Ugo Tognazzi ... Ugo
Andréa Ferréol ... Andrea (as Andréa Ferreol)
Solange Blondeau Solange Blondeau ... Danielle
Florence Giorgetti Florence Giorgetti ... Anne
Michèle Alexandre ... Nicole
Monique Chaumette ... Madeleine
Henri Piccoli Henri Piccoli ... Hector
Maurice Dorléac Maurice Dorléac
Simon Tchao Simon Tchao ... Le délégué de l'ambassade de Chine
Louis Navarre Louis Navarre ... Braguti
Bernard Menez ... Pierre
Cordelia Piccoli Cordelia Piccoli ... Barbara
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Storyline

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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An Experience That Hammers Your Sensibilities. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated NC-17 for some explicit sexuality | See all certifications »

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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

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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Alternate Versions

The second German VHS release by Marketing was cut by almost 30 minutes. This was not done to secure a rating but to avoid costs for longer VHS tapes. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Krovim Krovim: Of Tov HaKol Tov (1983) See more »

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La Grande Bouffe
Written by Philippe Sarde, Piano Solo by Michel Piccoli
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Interesting
17 February 2014 | by zetesSee all my reviews

The two other Marco Ferreri films I've seen, Dillinger Is Dead and Bye Bye Monkey, I found utterly boring, I must admit. I was a little wary of La grande bouffe, though I had always wanted to see it. I've always been drawn to stories where a group of people (or more usually a couple) lock themselves up together and slowly kill themselves, or screw each others brains out. In this film, four men (Marcello Mastroianni, Michel Piccoli, Philippe Noiret and Ugo Tognazzi, all playing characters who use the actors' real first names) come together in a palatial estate to screw prostitutes and eat themselves to death. No real reason is given. The prostitutes don't make it very long. The constant feasting disgusts them, and they leave. The only woman who does stay is a Reubenesque teacher named Andrea (Andrea Ferreol), who is intrigued by both the food and sex (unlike the other women, the idea of food and sex together turns her on). This movie is a tad too slow. At it's best, though, it's fascinating and hilariously gross. Food seems quite unappetizing after about a half hour of this. I loved the performances. Definitely of interest.


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Country:

France | Italy

Language:

French | Italian

Release Date:

22 May 1973 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Rue Boileau, Paris, France

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Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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