La Grande Bouffe

  • 1973
  • Movie
  • NR
  • Comedy

Four friends, overwhelmed by ennui, enter into a suicide pact, the weapon being total self-indulgence. They cloister themselves within a walled villa in the heart of Paris, and the viand vendors trundle in bearing sides of beef and all the trimmings. Tognazzi, a chef, ecstatically begins his preparations--food without end. Three prostitutes arrive to share...read more

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Four friends, overwhelmed by ennui, enter into a suicide pact, the weapon being total self-indulgence. They cloister themselves within a walled villa in the heart of Paris, and the viand vendors trundle in bearing sides of beef and all the trimmings. Tognazzi, a chef, ecstatically begins

his preparations--food without end. Three prostitutes arrive to share in the provender and to service the celebrants. Mastroianni, a vain, womanizing airline pilot whose passion is machinery, finds a Bugatti on blocks in an outbuilding and begins to work on the engine. Piccoli, an effete

television producer with a thinly disguised yen for Mastroianni, plays classical piano and does barre stretches in the brief intervals between meals. Noiret, a judge, pontificates amusingly when he isn't eating. As a goose's feet are nailed to a board while it is stuffed with grain by means of a

funnel to make it fat, the four have nailed themselves to their retreat, funneling delicious repasts into their digestive tracts, waiting for the terminal mal de foie,--the revenge of the liver. Plump schoolteacher Ferreol arrives with some students on a tour. Instinctively grasping the situation

and recognizing the needs of the men, she stays on to nurture them and minister to their sexual desires. Sated, the prostitutes depart: fun is fun, but enough is enough. One by one, the internal organs of the gross gourmands lash back at them. Mastroianni succumbs in his beloved Bugatti, having

completed his repairs. The delicate Piccoli expires in an explosion of flatulence. Chef Tognazzi, architect of the outrage, dies on his marble pastry bench, too weak to bring food to his mouth but helped to his finish by Ferreol. Noiret, lingering longest, collapses in the garden while Ferreol

feeds him a pink blancmange shaped like an enormous pair of female breasts. An outrageous, funny, blackly humorous, well-acted work from writer-director Ferreri, the John Waters of Europe, the "master of bad taste."

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  • Released: 1973
  • Rating: NR
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