Previously at the ICA - Films
3 Jul 2015 – 9 Jul 2015
"Vulgar vaudeville on an epic scale...a mordant, chilling, hilarious dirty movie." The New York Times
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The most famous film by Italian provocateur Marco Ferreri (Dillinger is Dead), La Grande Bouffe was reviled on release for its perversity, decadence and attack on the bourgeoisie yet won the prestigious FIPRESCI prize after its controversial screening at the Cannes Film Festival.
Four friends, played by international superstars Marcello Mastroianni (8½), Michel Piccoli (Belle de jour), Ugo Tognazzi (Barbarella) and Philippe Noiret (Zazie dans le métro) retreat to a country mansion where they determine to eat themselves to death while engaging in sex with ladies of the night. Local school teacher (Andréa Ferréol, The Tin Drum) decides to join them.
At once jovial and sinister, the film's jet-black humour has a further twist as the reputed actors (whose characters use their own names) buck the respectable trend and begin a descent into chaos that delivers a feast for the eyes and mind.
La Grande Bouffe, dir. Marco Ferreri, France 1973, 130 mins.