New York. Lafayette works at a museum and with a women’s theatre group. He is raped by the women and starts an affair with one of them. He also finds and cares for a monkey which gets civil status when false papers are secured for it. Lafayette is unable to cope with any true emotion, and the girl and her child are the only survivors. –BFI
An agent for a liqueur company, he became involved in the cinema by making short advertising films; later he worked in the production sector and finally in the sale of cinema equipment, moving to Spain. There he met the young humorist Rafael Azcona, with whom he set up an extraordinary, lasting working relationship: the first fruits of their partnership were “El pisito” (1958), “Los chicos” (1959) and “The Little Coach (El cochecito)” (1960), the three “Spanish comedies” marked by a corrosive anti-bourgeois sarcasm. On returning to Italy, Ferreri continued his Spanish theme with “Queen Bee (L’ape regina)” (1963), an anti-Catholic satire in which the institution of matrimony is so fiercely under fire as to unleash the ire of the censor (requiring various cuts in the film and a slight change to the title). He fared no better with “The Ape Woman (La donna scimmia)” (1964), a bitter and lucid parable on the relationships between the sexes, dominated by the exploitation of the weaker sex… read more
I've seen this movie several times. Still have no idea what the hell it's about. Still love it.
I can't believe I just found the second "Lost Movie" on my list...!I never checked at all asuming you wouldn't have it somehow..But here it is.Incredible I LOVE YOU MUBI..!:-)**********
A rather dopey 'end of days' allegory (at least for the male of the species) with the usual Ferreri mix of arresting oddball visual motifs and perfunctory camerawork (a line to Bunuel). The fairly simple symbolism plays fair enough albeit a dawdling progression down a dystopian one-way street for man. A more approachable companion piece to his earlier La Dernier Femme.