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?
An Experience That Hammers Your Sensibilities.
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Did You Know?
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
After Philippe says to Nicole "actor incombit probatio", a crew member can be seen in the mirror. See more
Wanting to be Marlon Brando is vanity.
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
Spoofs The Godfather
La Grande Bouffe
Written by Philippe Sarde
, Piano Solo by Michel Piccoli See more