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3.5
356 Ratings

Eating Raoul

Directed by Paul Bartel
United States, 1982
Comedy, Cult

Synopsis

A relatively boring Los Angeles couple discover a bizarre, if not murderous way to get funding for opening a restaurant.

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Eating Raoul Directed by Paul Bartel
Alongside Bartel himself as would-be vintner Paul Bland, his frequent co-star and collaborator Mary Woronov gives her most iconic performance (Suicidal Tendencies’ “Institutionalized” video notwithstanding) as wife Mary, a statuesque nurse ripped from the ripe cover of a dime store pulp novel… [Bartel chooses] to glorify Paul and Mary as shining examples of both American ingenuity and American depravity.
October 09, 2017
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Considering the circumstances surrounding its production, it is safe to assume that Eating Raoul represents Bartel’s own unadulterated and uncompromising vision. The film is in fact a ferocious and vitriolic take on the American Dream in the guise of a very black comedy starring Bartel himself and former Wahrol’s starlet Mary Woronow.
November 13, 2012
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Eating Raoul, one of the most bizarrely sophisticated movies ever made, is far from ordinary. No, it’s not Lubitsch—but it’s not quite John Waters either. What director-star-writer Paul Bartel and his chief collaborators serve up is a “comedy of murders” (as Chaplin called his Monsieur Verdoux) that neatly mixes the crisp politesse of the Ealing Studios classic Kind Hearts and Coronets and the savage black humor of The Loved One, with a soupçon (as the title clearly indicates) of Sweeney Todd.
September 26, 2012
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