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The Big Feast

La Grande Bouffe

Directed by Marco Ferreri
Italy, France, 1973


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.

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The Big Feast Directed by Marco Ferreri
What if the Food Network remade Pier Paolo Pasolini’s Salo, or The 120 Days of Sodom? I’ve seen this movie maybe three to five times in my life, and by the end of its more than two-hour running time, the cumulative effect of the debaucheries displayed never fails to pack a revolting punch.
December 14, 2018
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If the promise of canonical film school heartthrobs – among them Marcello Mastroianni, Ugo Tognazzi, and Michel Piccoli – gorging and fucking themselves to death in a provincial villa sets your heart a-racing, close that incognito tab and treat yourself to La Grande Bouffe. . . . Full bellies and belly-laughs await the hungry viewer – after two-hours-and-change of bilious morbidity, the next home-grown, garden-variety orgy you read about will seem like little more than a light snack.
January 08, 2018
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Ferreri isn’t Buñuel’s peer in terms of the sophistication of his jokes or the polish of his formality, but this bluntness is intentional. There’s little satirical orientation in La Grande Bouffe, beyond its catchall parody of entitlement. A viewer can’t safeguard themselves from the extremity of Ferreri’s nihilism by clinging to what his film is “about,” and this is the director’s most startling achievement.
August 20, 2015
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