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La grande bouffe (1973)

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 »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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:

A Comilança 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

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 »

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Ugo: Wanting to be Marlon Brando is vanity.
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La Grande Bouffe
Written by Philippe Sarde, Piano Solo by Michel Piccoli
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A Disturbing, Impressive and Unforgettable Movie
31 August 2003 | by Claudio CarvalhoSee all my reviews

The aircraft pilot Marcello, the chef Ugo, the TV choreographer Michel and the judge Phillipe decide to terminate their lives with a great pleasure, eating and having sex with three prostitutes and one school teacher invited to participate in their orgy.

I watched this unforgettable film in the 70's and I was very disturbed with this impressive metaphoric movie. In Brazil, it remained unreleased on video until a couple of months ago, when fortunately it was 'rescued' and released on DVD by the Brazilian distributor 'Versátil', specialized in masterpieces such as Fellini, Rosselini and Visconti. Now I have just had the chance to watch again this weird and daring movie about the decay of the society of consumption, empty and compulsive, searching for "sex and food" (material goods) much more than they need. The main characters use their Christian names. This movie is also a great black humor comedy. My vote is nine.

Title (Brazil): "A Comilança" ("The Binge")


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