La Grande Bouffe

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Released 1973

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La Grande Bouffe

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Director:
Marco Ferreri
Released:
1973
Rating:
NC-17
La Grande Bouffe is a 1973 French-Italian film, directed by Marco Fererri. In the film, four successful middle-aged men gather for a weekend in a villa, with a single goal in mind: to eat themselves to death. The foursome of friends is made up of airline-pilot Marcello (Marcello Mastroianni), chef Ugo (Ugo Tognazzi), judge Philippe (Philippe Noiret), and television executive Michel (Michel Piccoli). After the first night, Marcello decides that fornication must be added to the gluttonous weekend, and orders in three prostitutes and a local school schoolteacher, Andrea (Andrea Ferreol). Surprisingly, while the prostitutes only make it through a day or two of the men’s self-inflicted, suicidal celebration of excess, Andrea makes it all the way to the end. The film is an allegory full of dark comedy, which makes viewers question motives and what really matters. La Grande Bouffe was Ferreri’s greatest success, winning the FIPRESCI Prize from the International Federation of Film Critics at the 1973 Cannes Film Festival.moreless

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Comedy

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Foreign Language, Dark Comedy, Classics, Adult