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Bye Bye Monkey (1978)

Ciao maschio (original title)
A man walking on the beach near New York City finds the corpse of King Kong. He also finds Kong's orphaned son, and takes it to a friend who lives in the city, and they decide to raise it.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Gerard Lafayette
... Andreas Flaxman
... Luigi Nocello
... Mrs. Toland
Abigail Clayton ... Angelica (as Gail Lawrence)
... Feminist Actress
... Feminist Actress
... Miko
Nathalie Bernart
Sandra Monteleoni
Enrico Blasi
Luciano Pallocchia
Achille Antonaglia
Rosa Maria Calogero ... (as Rosamaria Calogero)
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Immigrants Luigi and Lafayette work for Andreas Flaxman at his wax museum in Lower Manhattan. Luigi, an asthmatic middle-aged romantic, works as an artist/sculptor while the Lafayette functions as a jack-of-all trades for Flaxman, who is obsessed with Ancient Rome, a preoccupation that most of his exhibits reflect. Lafayette lives in a rat-infested basement some blocks away and carries a whistle with to scare the rodents, which seem to be endemic to the area. He also works as a stagehand for a feminist theater group in their Off-off Broadway theater where he suffers their sexist abuses including being forced to wear a leotard. Angelica, one of the beautiful actresses in the troupe is attracted to him, and they begin a relationship. At the same time Luigi comes across the 50 foot model of King Kong in a Hudson River landfill, apparently discarded after the 1976 movie version of "King Kong." There he finds an orphaned baby chimpanzee which he takes to be the giant simian's son. Allergic... Written by duke1029@aol.com

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Gérard Depardieu's first film in English. See more »

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The baby chimp is assumed to be the son of King Kong. Disregarding the size difference, it would be impossible for a gorilla to father a chimpanzee. See more »

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Gerard Lafayette: You put Nixon's head upon Nero's body. I saw up there.
Andreas Flaxman: There is history and there is compromise. Sometimes the two flow together, and we have what is called historical compromise.
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Referenced in An Almost Perfect Affair (1979) See more »

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Tea for Two
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Music by Vincent Youmans
Lyrics by Irving Caesar
Marcello Mastroianni does a soft shoe to a hummed version
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Disturbing apocalyptic vision
4 June 2002 | by See all my reviews

This is not a real movie in terms of a story but rather a collection of impressions about the life of a lonely guy living somewhere in a future New York slum during an apocalyptic virus wave that caused the death of thousands of people. He's surviving by taking bizarre jobs for a living, and finally he's finding a small monkey as a buddy.

The whole atmosphere is disturbing and sinister, but the "story" is a bit lame sometimes. The photography is stunning and occasionally reminds of the famous apocalyptic paintings of Hieronimus Bosch to the shadowy impressions of Enrico de Chirico. A really disturbing, surreal French movie featuring a young Gerard Depardieu.


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