An Experience That Hammers Your Sensibilities.
Four friends gather at a villa with the intention of eating themselves to death.
Four friends gather at a villa with the intention of eating themselves to death.
The Big Feast, The Grande Bouffe, Blow-Out, Brakfesten
Watched the Arrow Video Blu-ray
SPECIAL EDITION CONTENTS:
-Brand new 2K restoration of the original camera negative
-Newly translated English subtitles
-The Farcical Movie – A French television profile of Marco Ferreri from 1975 in which the director discusses, among other things, the influence of Tex Avery, Luis Buñuel and Tod Browning’s Freaks
-Behind-the-scenes footage of the making of La Grande bouffe, containing interviews with Ferrari and actors Marcello Mastroianni, Michel Piccoli, Ugo Tognazzi and Philippe Noiret
-Extracts from the television series Couleurs autour d’un festival featuring interviews with the cast and crew recorded during the Cannes Film Festival
-A visual essay on the film with by Italian film scholar Pasquale Iannone
-Select scene audio commentary by Iannone
-News report from the Cannes Film Festival where La Grande bouffe caused a controversial stir, including Ferreri at the press conference
-Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Gilles Vranckx
Consumerism at its satirical yummiest. A bunch of rich fuckos decide to eat and fuck themselves to death. Food and Sex: the movie, where people get stuffed in more ways than one. Gives new meaning to the term ‘food porn’
The Arrow blu cover where the girls hair looks like spaghetti is pretty great, Actually all the posters for this are great.
Ferreri's take on the by-then imminent decay of society thanks to consumerist capitalism. It was very smart to place food as the element that represents any kind of good in an excessive abundance. Also, the main roles are juxtapositions of representations of various social classes, showing that we are in the same possibility of having the same useless and depraved inclinations. The core, as Biblically cited, is vanity, but even water in excess provokes death. The shit, the farts, the vomit and the whores are naturally the result of vanity; that's what life becomes after a while.
Vanity of vanities, saith the Preacher, vanity of vanities; all is vanity.
Even wanting to be Marlon Brando is vanity.
This is so repulsively glorious! It’s a prophetic glimpse into 2020, essentially a documentary of how the upper class is coping with life under quarantine.
Food and Sex: the movie, where people get stuffed in more ways than one.
A group of middle-aged men get together for a frenzied exercise in debauchery and gluttony. They gorge themselves into a mindless stupor, indulging in perverted acts to sate their carnal appetites.
I will never get the hang of these avant garde European films attacking the late 60s and the 70s with their surreal mind quandaries. I thought I had seen it all with 'Salo' but no, I had this in store for me to nauseate and scandalise my delicate sensibilities. Pasolini's aggressive critique may have the upper hand in terms of transgressive and inflammatory content but this Italian sex comedy slash satire is not far behind. I can well imagine critics praising 'Le Grande Bouffe' for its scathing observations on…
It's like if Pasolini's Salo had a baby with a great episode of Bourdain...and then that baby ate itself.
Seems to think that overindulgence is an intelligent metaphor for the destructive nature of capitalism if it shines a spotlight on the upper class, when really it’s just a pompous bore trying to get a reaction from the audience in order to justify its repulsive behaviour. Spreading dog vomit on a dry cracker would have more taste and substance than this.
imagine double featuring this with the cook, the thief, his wife and her lover and not dying
There are discrete moments of brilliance in La Grande Bouffe, but this large feast is overstuffed yet undercooked.
This feels like Bunuel, circa The Discrete Charm of the Bourgeoisie - or the Exterminating Angel, meets Salo but with a dab of Herschel Gordon Lewis’ Blood Feast. And this isn’t the most satisfying combination. This is an extravagant portrait of excess but is presented in such an incongruously dull and traditional way.
The direction here does little with outrageous material, giving a sense of sameness throughout and not matching up to the extravagance - and extremity - that clearly exists on the page. There are transgressions here, for sure, but it all feels blunted in execution. The feast is more soporific…
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Week 5: Commedia all'italiana Week
Commedia all'italiana ...widely considered to have started with Mario Monicelli's Big Deal on Madonna Street in 1958 and derives its name from the title of Pietro Germi's Divorzio all'italiana (Divorce Italian Style, 1961).
Rather than a specific genre, the term indicates a period (approx. from the late fifties to the early seventies) in which the Italian film industry was producing many successful comedies, with some common traits like satire of manners, farcical and grotesque overtones, a strong focus on "spicy" social issues of the period (like sexual matters, divorce, contraception, marriage of the clergy, the economic rise of the country and its various consequences, the traditional religious influence of…
This was insane. And I’m gonna leave it at that.
Well... that was a pleasant couple of hours.
Marzipan-Ästhetik, bleibt in Erinnerung.
-I've been sitting here wracking my brain trying come up with a understandable explanation for this film...this film that's essentially Salo having sex with I Melt With You while Luis Bunuel cries in a corner watching. Roger Ebert (who I despise) said it was an exercise in gluttony and self-hate. Sadly, I partially agree with him.
-Evidently, La Grande Bouffe made quite the divisive splash when it premiered in Cannes. Half the critics derided if for being self-indulgent putrid trash: the most disgusting film to ever stain the screens of Cannes. The other half claimed it was a pinpointed attack on the bourgeois; a satire which knowingly uses it's gross-out factor to make a point. There's also some shit tossed…
You can have all your Fassbinders & Wertmullers, I'll take Ferreri's unapologetically rapacious, oddly moving masterpiece of male obsolescence, one of the essential movies of the 70's, with the lovely Ferreol our entry point to the end-of-days bacchanal thrown by the four male leads, all at the top of their game & in full flatulence - did Mel Brooks see this before he made Blazing Saddles?
Contraddittorio e paradossale, ironico e spietato il capolavoro di M. Ferrari è una cinica critica verso la consumistica borghesia votata alla cultura dell'eccesso e dello spreco: un'orgia di cibo e sesso sparata ai limiti massimi del grottesco e del surreale si trasformerà in un penoso deterioramento psicofisico per i 4 strepitosi protagonisti che impersonificano una società annoiata, senza più stimoli, pronta a "ricoprirsi di merda" pur di superare la pochezza della loro vita.
the house with dogs, ducks and fancy figurines around is where i'd love to spend the pandenini in. the rest: kinda gross and annoying.
Interesting and thought-provoking satire of consumerism and capitalism. Although hiding under a layer of apparent vulgarity and absurdity, a rather poignant film rests underneath, exploring the corruptive and futile nature of life under excess, with some profoundly horrifying moments. I watched the extended cut, which did feel rather long in the tooth compared to the traditional 90min release. Suggest giving that one a watch, and going into this prepared to see sex, food, and human waste, presented in a way that is both childish and incredibly profound at the same time.
This is not a picture for bulimics or the obese; nor is it as subversively funny as it might have been. Nevertheless, there are some great scenes
Der wahrscheinlich unnötigste Film aller Zeiten?
just guys being dudes
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