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  • Actors: Gérard Depardieu, Marcello Mastroianni, James Coco, Geraldine Fitzgerald, Abigail Clayton
  • Directors: Marco Ferreri
  • Writers: Marco Ferreri, Gérard Brach, Rafael Azcona
  • Producers: Giorgio Nocella, Jacqueline Ferreri, Maurice Bernart, Yves Gasser
  • Format: Color, Letterboxed, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 1.0)
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.75:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Image Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: April 6, 1999
  • Run Time: 113 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 6305269092
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #479,211 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Bye Bye Monkey" on IMDb

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Editorial Reviews

Bye Bye Monkey has been called one of Italian director Marco Ferreri's most powerful and haunting works. Variety describes it as "a sort of fable on man's transient state today, which [Ferreri] intimates has about destroyed all the old standards, leaving little to replace them...[a] sometimes jolting, entertaining and disturbing look at a fringe side of mankind." In this richly symbolic work, Gerard Depardieu and Marcello Mastroianni star as two foreign eccentrics whose discovery of an abandoned baby chimpanzee causes them to question their own lives. Winner of the 1978 Cannes Film Festival Grand Prize of the Jury.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Robert I. Hedges HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on March 12, 2012
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Marco Ferreri made some of the most peculiar, idiosyncratic, and controversial films of the twentieth century, and his first film in English, "Bye Bye Monkey," definitely fits those three criteria. Ferreri's films are generally compelling if difficult exercises in surrealism and social commentary. This film is rife with symbolism and interpersonal conflicts, and serves as a commentary on the changing social mores of the 1970s, and particularly focuses on the changing perceptions of women in society. Apparently. Some of the symbolism and content is quite opaque, and there is plenty of room for interpretation. Another interpretation is that it's a film featuring long boring stretches of nothing and a monkey. (That just doesn't sound as good.)

Heading the cast are Gérard Depardieu as Lafayette and Marcello Mastroianni as Luigi, two eccentric immigrants living in a New York City that is even more pretentious and rat-infested than in reality. Lafayette lives in an apartment that is apparently half service station bathroom and half rat farm judging from its ambiance, and works as a stagehand and production assistant for a very off-Broadway women's theater group. The seven actresses have a distaste for men in general and Lafayette in particular (though his boorish behavior rightfully earns their scorn,) which leads to my question: if they are all about feminism, why didn't they hire a female stagehand? After Lafayette unwittingly assists in the most distasteful actor's workshop ever, he and Luigi find King Kong's body lying next to the water in front of the World Trade Center towers (the film was made in 1977.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Margaux Paschke VINE VOICE on January 2, 2008
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In a nutshell, this movie is about the changing gender roles. One reviewer suggested watching this on a rainy afternoon and I agree. It will certainly make you nod off and maybe then all of the rich symbolism will make sense as you sleep - that, or give you horrible nightmares.

I enjoy great films by Antonioni, Pasolini and the rest who embody symbolism at its best (in my opinion) but this one....not one of my favorites. I gave it four stars for originality but subtracted one for the long stretches of boredom and lack of real plotline (it's just one weird scene after another). Here's my take on the film for what it's worth.

We meet Lafayette (Gerard Depardieu) as he wakes in this nightmarish vision of NYC of the 70s. He makes his way to his job (stage hand for a feminist group that does performance art) carrying a large steel pipe to ward off the people patrolling in white hazardous suits? Which I took to mean that the world would be a very dangerous place for men if feminists really did get their way?? The women revile Lafayette in all his primitive maleness. They discuss a topic for their next performance: rape. They decide to rape Lafayette to prove women are just as capable of violence. This scene actually shows how dissimilar men and women really are - the actual act and the result are different. For certain viewers, please note that there is full frontal nudity of both sexes in this film. Lafayette's group of friends are a ragtag bunch of older men and one woman (she is included because she still likes men - she keeps a painting she admires of a male, her children will not visit until she takes it down). They all hold the same view of admiring the past but the past is decaying all around them. A giant King Kong figure lies rotting on the beach.
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I consider Gerard Depardieu to be one of my favorite actors, and I will buy and watch/read anything he is a part of. I thought Bye Bye Monkey was interesting---even shocking in certain scenes! Taking into account the time period in which it was made, I would consider it to be avaunt-guard. It took me a while to absorb the message(s) and seeing it a second time helped me to understand & appreciate it better. Very unusual, frustrating, interesting, thought-provoking---those would be my words to describe the movie. And you can't beat Depardieu's charisma in everything he does!! In America he's an under-appreciated jewel, to be sure.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Rayv on August 8, 2001
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Is it another world, or our world gone mad? Ferreri has quite an imagination, especially his use of juxtaposition: a rotting carcass of King Kong, a wax museum where James Coco reenacts parts of history, and an underground society where rats prevail. Depardieu, who's lines are badly dubbed, manages to get through this yarn uncomfortably gripping a chimp where he found beside the dead Kong. Mastroianni is always at his best, altho this time presenting a more cartoonish characterization. However, despite the exotic idiosyncrasies, this film can be rather dull at moments. Nevertheless, I enjoyed a large percentage of this movie, ad hominem the ambiguous finale which may help clarifies the film's bizarre symbolism. Watch this one on a rainy day.
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2 of 5 people found the following review helpful By mock turtle on August 26, 2011
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I've seen my fair share of art films. In fact I've seen way too many of them. I'm a product of the 70's and 80's art school brigade...the kind of places where the instructor thought foreign art films spoke to us about the meaning of life. Yeah, I've seen them all from every single continent...the good, the bad and the ugly. I've also seen most of Marco Ferreri's films. I can't say that I enjoyed any of them. This one stinks to high heaven. I could barely stay awake watching this slop. I won't even attempt to try and get into the "meaning" of this garbage. All I know is that I wanted to shove that damn whistle down Gerard Depardieu's throat. Pretentious is too nice a word to use for this one. How about calling it a big pile of steaming CRAP! I don't even need to tell you what the story is about because it just limps along from one boring scene to another. It means absolutely nothing to me because it's completely dull and uninteresting. Even the monkey was boring. I can say that the scene with James Coco falling over and bursting into flames was rather funny...and I know that wasn't the intent...but it was funny just the same. The most shocking thing about this 1977 film was seeing the twin towers still standing. I certainly could do without seeing the naked Depardieu prancing about waving his private parts in my face. Was there anything enjoyable in this tedious experiment to torture the audience? Well yeah, there was the naked body of Gail Lawrence (aka Abigal Clayton...star of many golden age pornographic films...YUM). She has a fine chest and a cute face and I guess that's nothing to sneeze at. Too bad the whole movie didn't revolve around her. Now that would keep me awake...heh heh heh! In fact, why don't you just skip this moronic mess and go straight to "7 Into Snowy" or the "Coming of Angels"...you'll be glad you did. You can thank me later.
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