La Grande Bouffe (1973) | Marco Ferreri’s scandalous French arthouse cult gets dished up on Blu-ray
Reviled on its release for its perversity, decadence and attack on the bourgeoisie, 1973’s La Grande Bouffe went on to win the prestigious FIPRESCI prize after its controversial screening at the Cannes Film Festival that same year.
Four friends – Marcello Mastroianni (Fellini’s 8½), Michel Piccoli (Belle de Jour), Ugo Tognazzi (Barbarella) and Philippe Noiret (Cinema Paradiso) – retreat to a country mansion where they determine to eat themselves to death whilst engaging in group sex with prostitutes and a local school teacher (Andréa Ferréol, The Tin Drum), who seems to be up for anything…
Better known as Blow Out, this dark lurid satire, whose message is we are slaves to our appetites (whatever they may be), is just as repulsive and shocking as it was on its original release. Watching the reputed actors wallowing in the film’s excess and fart-filled chaos is sure to give many indigestion, but it remains very much a 1970s French arthouse curio and visual feast. If this doesn’t put you off rich French cuisine, then I’d be really surprised.
Arrow’s new edition (a first for Blu-ray in the UK) comes loaded with a host of new extra features, including a 1975 French television profile of Marco Ferreri, behind-the-scenes footage of the making of La Grande Bouffe, a Cannes news report, trailer, and a collector’s booklet.
Posted on August 21, 2015, in Cult classic, Must-See, World Cinema and tagged Art movie, Arthouse, French comedy drama, La Grande Bouffe, Marcello Mastroianni, Marco Ferreri, Michel Piccoli, Must See, Philippe Noiret, Ugo Tognazzi, World Cinema. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.