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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 ... 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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Taglines:

Vulgar Vaudeville On An Epic Scale... A Mordant, Chilling, Hillarious Dirty Movie. 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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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

In the final scene in the garden - where Philipe is sitting on the bench, there is a poem by Dorothy Frances Gurney written on the bench. Many garden lovers have this poem written in their gardens. It says: "Kiss of the sun for pardon. Song of the birds for mirth. You're closer to God's heart in a garden than any place else on earth." See more »

Goofs

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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La Grande Bouffe
Written by Philippe Sarde, Piano Solo by Michel Piccoli
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The collapse of a miniature consumption society.
24 May 2003 | by SudekSee all my reviews

A pilot, a cook, a choreographer, and a judge (+ a teacher!). Every key aspect of the western culture is present in this brilliant, surreal farce. The only ideology the men and the poor Andréa hold is one of hedonistic consumption of food and sex. The prostitutes are the sensible ones, leaving out of the game in time. They represent the "outsiders", people who refuse to take part in the destructive lifestyle, and are saved.

If you hate symbolism, you might watch this as a very funny and brilliantly acted comedy. If you don't mind the symbolism, every time you watch it again you'll find new depths in Ferreri's witty commentary of modern western lifestyle. Personally I don't mind it, hence 10/10. Belongs to my top 10 of all times.


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