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LA GRANDE BOUFFE

Director: MARCO FERRERI

130 minutes, France-Italy, 1973, Subtitled, Colour, D-Cinema


This film was released on Friday 3rd July 2015 and is no longer screening.

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Italian provocateur director Marco Ferreri often critiqued bourgeois values in his films, but arguably never in such an extreme manner as in La Grande Bouffe, here receiving it first Irish theatrical release, over 40 years after it was made. The film stars Marcello Mastroianni, Michel Piccoli, Philippe Noiret, and Ugo Tognazzi as four friends who gather in a villa intending to eat themselves to death over the course of a weekend, each for his own reasons. To keep them company while they indulge in their gluttony, three prostitutes are invited to the villa.
A fourth woman, Andrea (Andréa Ferreol), a schoolteacher, joins them after coming across the group while leading a class outing. Filled with scatological humour, it’s a work of Buñuellian satire on affluence, consumerism, and greed, and a precursor to Pasolini’s more nihilistic Salò (1976).(Notes by Kevin Coyne.)

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