Bizarre one, but quite tame I felt given all I had read about the reactions when it first appeared on the scene. Ferreri makes a nice commentary here on commercialism/consumerism & the recent Arrow blu-ray presents the film in a great transfer. Seeing Michel & Marcello in a movie with so many farts was a mindbender, but wasnt as grossed out as I was by other films that pushed boundaries of the time like Salo. 4 stars
Hehe I'm not gonna lie, this film kind of blew my mind. I need to find "the making of." According to his obit in The Observer, Ferreri's career "was one of deliberate provocation, full of the black humour of despair, scabrous, cruel, but at times surprisingly tender and moving. ... He described himself as a comic anarchist." These traits capture the film too, but I still can't imagine getting this movie made!
Not a clue what this movie is trying to do. Completely frivolous and without any value I can ascertain. Didn't care about the characters. Wasn't entertained in the slightest. Nothing about the story is clever, funny or dramatic. Just strains my patience with ridiculously needless filmmaking. Would be a half star, but there is some production value. But seriously... what the fuck.
Bourgeois excess has been put to film both before and after Ferreri, and while his perspective might not be the most original, it's still an interesting film examining the pathology of gluttony. Rather than the repressed socialites of Buñuel, these characters are completely unashamed in their depravity. Special mentions to Mastroianni and Ferréol for their excellent performances.
Wanted to like this one, yet the analogies it carries do not mesh well enough with the actual film neither does it go far enough to be truly pushing the boundaries. As a result, a longish series of sexual food and flatulence related scenes that lead exactly to what we are explained it will lead to.