WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 20 AT 7:30pm | FREE ADMISSION (Suggested donation: $5)
*Please note: This film is rated NC-17. No one under 18 will be admitted.
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With Thanksgiving just around the corner, what better time to gorge oneself on La Grande Bouffe, the infamously biting satire about four rich men eating themselves to death?
“A fabulous feast of desire and disgust … an absurdist nightmare of seedy 1970s sophistications. Of no film was it more rightly said: they don’t make them like that anymore.” – Peter Bradshaw, Guardian
The most well-known film by Italian provocateur Marco Ferreri (Dillinger is Dead), La Grande Bouffe is a notoriously over-the-top social allegory and delirious explosion of bad taste featuring a who’s-who of European leading men of the 1970s. Scandalizing audiences and critics alike upon release for its perversity, decadence and attack on the bourgeoisie, La Grande Bouffe won the prestigious FIPRESCI prize after its controversial premiere at the Cannes Film Festival. Four friends, played by international superstars Marcello Mastroianni (Fellini’s 8½), Michel Piccoli (Belle de jour), Ugo Tognhzzi (Barbarella) and Philippe Noiret (Zazie dans le metro) retreat to a country mansion where they determine to eat themselves to death whilst engaging in group sex with prostitutes and a local school teacher (Andréa Ferréol, The Tin Drum), who seems to be up for anything. As the quartet feasts on pizza, foie gras, Crêpes Suzette and many more Franco/Italian delicacies, events become increasingly crude and macabre as these upper-middle class libertines attempt to literally stuff themselves to death. At once jovial and sinister, the film’s jet-black humor has a further twist as the highly-respected actors (whose characters use their own names) buck their respectable trend for a descent into flatulence-filled chaos that delivers a feast for the eyes and mind. (Dir. by Marco Ferreri, 1973, France/Italy, in French/Italian with English subtitles, 130 mins., Rated NC-17)