Tales of Ordinary Madness / Storie di ordniaria follia (1981)

3.0 out of 5

The gritty portrayal of a Charles Bukowski-ish character who hooks up with hooker in a series of drunken, sex driven encounters. Falling off the wagon, drunken pessimist Charles Serking, Ben Gazzara, buggers off from his regular gig as university lecturer, and takes a road trip to Los Angeles.

Along the way he works his way into the pants of every woman he meets. Until he meets Cass, Ornella Muti, a delightful hooker with whom he falls head over heels in love with.

One would think that the combination of Bukowski’s written decadence along side the provocative imagery of Marco Ferreri would have made a bigger impact considering the style of his other work. Instead he plays it safe and the movie tends to focus more on the self-destruction of Serking and Cass more than relying on strange scenes and wild moments.

Cinematographer Tonino Delli Colli, yes, the bloke married to AlexandraNew York Ripper and Zombie HolocaustDelli Colli, won several awards for his work on the movie and Gazzara gives the performance of a lifetime.

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