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La Grande Bouffe
Institute of Contemporary Arts
La Grande Bouffe, dir. Marco Ferreri, Italy / France 1973, 103 min., French with English subtitles, 15

The most famous film from Italian provocateur Marco Ferreri, La Grande Bouffe was initially 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 in 1973.

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 group sex.

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 their respectable careers for a descent into chaos.
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