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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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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 Michèle Alexandre ... Nicole
Monique Chaumette 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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food | villa | death | prostitute | chef | See All (104) »

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An Experience That Hammers Your Sensibilities. See more »

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Comedy | Drama

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

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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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Trivia

Michel Piccoli's father Henri Piccoli plays a part in the movie, as well as his daughter Cordelia Piccoli. See more »

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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.
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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 »

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Referenced in Cover Up (1974) See more »

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La Grande Bouffe
Written by Philippe Sarde, Piano Solo by Michel Piccoli
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Le Grande Perversion
7 July 2010 | by Chase_WitherspoonSee all my reviews

Superb black comedy of an ageing quartet gathered for a feast of epic proportions in which they indulge every gluttonous whim with culinary abandon. Their erotic gorging, groping and fondling of food and flesh is both appetising and arresting, as one by one, they stuff themselves to morbidity. It's with a tinge of sadness that their food fornication gradually comes to a halt, when the last man can no longer brook another chocolate pudding or roast pig.

Those who appreciate gourmet cooking might find appeal in the vast menu, but will likely be shocked by the flatulence-passing, naked-backside food preparation techniques of these randy chefs. The cast periodically combine their appetite for food with unbridled sexual encounters while they prepare meals, to which the viewer is treated in full detail. But while the sets, costumes and dialogue are all, equally colourful, there's a distinct lack of momentum and coherent storyline in the near two-and-a-half hour epic. I submit, respectfully, there's only so many kitchen orgies one film can sustain (particularly as this isn't a loop) without a more concrete purpose.

The cast are formidable in their distinct characterisations (and appetites), and it seems as though each has resigned to his own despair at a life unfulfilled. While Mastroianni does little cooking by comparison with Piccoli, he more than compensates with his sexual appetite at any number of the prostitutes assembled for their last supper. "Le Grande Bouffe" is a raw, uncompromising comedy like no other and should be seen to be believed.


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