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Storie di ordinaria follia (1981)

Poet/lecturer Charles Serking awakens from his alcoholic haze long enough to take a bus back to L.A. and plunge into an orgy of drink and sexual depravity.

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Marco Ferreri

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Marco Ferreri (scenario), Sergio Amidei (scenario) | 4 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Ben Gazzara ... Charles Serking
Ornella Muti ... Cass
Susan Tyrrell ... Vera
Tanya Lopert Tanya Lopert ... Vicky
Roy Brocksmith ... Barman
Katya Berger ... Girl on beach
Hope Cameron Hope Cameron ... Hotel proprietor
Judith Drake ... Widow
Patrick Hughes Patrick Hughes ... Pimp
Wendy Welles Wendy Welles ... Runaway
Stratton Leopold Stratton Leopold ... Publisher
Anthony Pitillo Anthony Pitillo
Jay Julien Jay Julien
Peter Jarvis Peter Jarvis
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jean-Paul Boucher Jean-Paul Boucher
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Storyline

After a lecture where a poem is read out to a group of bored students, the alcoholic and sex addicted poet, Charles Serking, meets a young girl backstage. Then he travels to Los Angeles, and has sex with bizarre women. When Charles meets the gorgeous self-destructive prostitute Cass in a bar, he finds his soul mate and falls in love for her. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Country:

Italy | France

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 September 1981 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

A hétköznapi őrület meséi See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Charles Serking: [voiceover] Cass had that special look that got to me. Like she'd been blown away by the winds of eternity and was swimming back against the current. There was something mysterious going on and I plunged right in. I was in over my head, my mind kept telling me. I had to come up for some air. But Cass was like fluid fire and her flesh had already sucked me in. I had to get away from her before I got burned. But that was like trying to climbe out of a whirlpool...
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'Copyright' is spelt as 'copyrigth'. See more »

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Referenced in La dernière énigme (1982) See more »

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Smile Away The Rain
Written by R. & M. Berardi
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Madness is your destiny...
14 February 2015 | by mario_cSee all my reviews

It's a sad and melancholic story about a promising writer, CHARLES SERKING (played by Ben Gazzara), who has a terrible addiction to alcoholism. His life is a constant adventure through the borders of sanity, but he never cares when he's in the end of the line, crossing the edge of madness. He lives in a permanent rush for alcohol and sex, to satisfy his instinct. When he meets a young and beautiful prostitute – beautiful as an angel in his words – called CASS (Ornella Muti) his life won't change, because she's also a lost soul, a girl which injuries herself! It's in this mood of extreme depression and madness that this story goes until a tragic end. But then, comes redemption and a new beginning, with a new angel...


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