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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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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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Details

Country:

France | Italy

Language:

French | Italian

Release Date:

22 May 1973 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

La Grande Bouffe See more »

Filming Locations:

Rue Boileau, Paris, France

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

The film was originally shown unlicensed in the UK at the Curzon Cinema in Mayfair, and led pro-censorship campaigner Mary Whitehouse to bring a prosecution against the film under the Vagrancy Act (accusing the cinema owners of "keeping a disorderly house"). The case was thrown out and led censor James Ferman to extend the Obscene Publications Act to cover films, thus preventing movies with 'artistic merit' from suffering prosecution. The film was eventually passed fully uncut for video in 1994. 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

Spoofed in Ten Little Maidens (1985) See more »

Soundtracks

La Grande Bouffe
Written by Philippe Sarde, Piano Solo by Michel Piccoli
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An extraordinary movie. Sad and depressing but shot through with black humour.
13 January 2004 | by InfofreakSee all my reviews

'La Grande Bouffe' (aka 'Blow-Out') is an extraordinary movie, the kind of movie you just can't imagine getting made these days. While shot through with black humour it is very sad and depressing, and for me just as bleak as say, 'Leaving Las Vegas'. Instead of alcohol these dissatisfied men decide to kill themselves using food. Marcello Mastroianni is the best known of the four stars but Michel Piccoli (Belle De Jour), Ugo Tognazzi and and Philippe Noiret are equally impressive. The acting from all four is first rate and really makes the premise believable. Director Marco Ferreri went on to make the Bukowski adaptation 'Tales Of Ordinary Madness' another uncompromising, f*cked up and beautiful movie. I highly recommend both films which are difficult viewing, but worth the effort.


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