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Grande Bouffe, La (The Grande Bouffe (US), Blow-Out (UK)) (1973)

Original Title : Grande bouffe, La
Director : Marco Ferreri
Writer : Rafael Azcona
Francis Blanche
Marco Ferreri
Genre : Drama
Country : France
Language : French
Producer : Vincent Malle , Jean-Pierre Rassam
Music : Philippe Sarde
Photography : Mario Vulpiani
Distributor : ABKCO (Allen & Betty Klein and Company) Films Inc. [us]
MPAA Rating : Rated NC-17 for some explicit sexuality.
IMDB ID : 0070130
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Grande Bouffe, La (The Grande Bouffe (US), Blow-Out (UK)) (1973) - Marco Ferreri
 

Starring

Marcello Mastroianni Marcello
Michel Piccoli Michel
Michel Piccoli Michel
 

Plot

Four successful middle-aged men Marcello, a pilot, Michel, a television executive, Ugo, a chef, and, Philippe, a judge go to Philippe's villa to eat themselves to death. After the first night, Marcello insists that women should join them. Three prostitutes make it through a day or two, Andrea, a local school teacher, stays to the end. The villa, the food, and a Bugati roadster are essential props.
 

Comments

An amazing piece of art You smell it, you taste it, you feel it in your stomach, it nauseates you, but it also enchants you. Never found another senses-involving movie like this. SPOILERS Four friends, Marcello, Ugo, Michel and Philippe (Ferreri kept the actors' real names here), tired of their ordinary lives, decide to commit suicide just by eating and eating and eating to death. They get together at Philippe's house on the outskirts of Paris, and their ritual begins. After some time passed just eating, Marcello and Michel decide to invite some prostitutes, to cheer up the situation. Philippe invites a female teacher instead. Her presence in the house will be determining, for she turns out to be insatiable, both for her eating and sexual appetites, bringing all of the four friends to death. The prostitutes leave the house soon, disgusted by its inhabitants eating behavior, and there Andrea, the teacher, will soon encircle herself of corpses, the dead bodies of the four poor friends. Director Marco Ferreri reached perfection in this fantastic, opulent representation. Very few things connect with reality here, thanks also to the stunning locations, decòr and photography. Philippe's house is one of the best sets I ever saw. I'm going to take a trip to Paris and try to find it. The four great protagonist, taken from an ideal "top ten" of the best european actors, give a great prove of mere role-playing, together with the humongous, unreal Andrea Ferreol, who fills up the house and the screen. This is art in its purest form. 10/10.
 
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Grande Bouffe, La (The Grande Bouffe (US), Blow-Out (UK)) (1973) - Marco Ferreri
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