LA GRANDE BOUFFE
[THE BIG FEAST]
Italian provocateur Marco Ferreri's (DILLINGER IS DEAD) ribald masterpiece is a surreal farce, uproariously comedic and surprisingly meditative on the way a man's appetites — for food, sex, status — are ultimately self-consuming, with life, death and sex making up a never-ending cycle. Four middle-aged friends — international superstars Marcello Mastroianni (LA DOLCE VITA), Michel Piccoli (BELLE DE JOUR), Ugo Tognazzi (LA CAGE AUX FOLLES) and Philippe Noiret (CINEMA PARADISO) — meet at a suburban villa with the express intention to eat themselves to death in an orgy of consumption. Amid non-stop feasting and frolicking with prostitutes, a surprise visit by schoolteacher Andréa Ferréol takes the party to the next level. DIR/SCR Marco Ferreri; SCR Rafael Azcona, Francis Blanche; PROD Vincent Malle. France/Italy, 1973, color, 130 min. In French and Italian with English subtitles. RATED NC-17
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