Big Feast, The / La Grande Bouffe (1973)

4.0 out of 5

French-Italian co-production directed by Marco Ferreri sees four friends, Masterchef Ugo, Ugo Tognazzi, upperclass lawyer Philippe, Phillipe Noiret, and randy aeroplane pilot Marcello, Marcello Mastroianni gather at a large villa to engage in a final grand feast with the intention of eating themselves to death! Along the way, Marcello brings in three whores as he need’s to shag every day, and Philippe meets schoolteacher Andrea, Andréa Ferréol, who is exactly the kind of woman he’s been looking for his whole life.

A movie that repulsed Ingrid Bergman when it opened the Cannes film festival in 1973, but nevertheless was nominated for a Palme d’Or and won the international federation of film critics award at the same festival.

Once a grotesque, perverted and completely fascinating exhibition of decadence, it’s obviously nowhere near as provocative as it may have been almost forty years ago, but still makes for a highly entertaining and enjoyable movie.

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