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La Grande Bouffe (1973)

Marcello Mastroianni , Michel Piccoli , Marco Ferreri  |  Unrated |  DVD
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Marcello Mastroianni, Michel Piccoli, Philippe Noiret, Ugo Tognazzi, Florence Giorgetti
  • Directors: Marco Ferreri
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Dolby, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: French
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Koch Lorber Films
  • DVD Release Date: April 7, 2009
  • Run Time: 130 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #89,732 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "La Grande Bouffe" on IMDb

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Winner of the FIPRESCI Prize at the Cannes Film Festival

Marco Ferreri’s decadent and depraved masterpiece follows four friends (Marcello Mastroianni, Michel Piccoli, Philippe Noiret and Ugo Tognazzi) as they hole up in a Parisian villa with three prostitutes and a local schoolteacher (Andréa Ferréol) to eat themselves to death.

DVD EXTRA: Excerpt from the documentary “Marco Ferreri: The Director Who Came from the Future”

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28 of 30 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars One of the most provocative movies of all times February 25, 2001
I like this movie for its outrageousness and its ability to combine an allegoric vision and a creeping reality: what are we doing with our lives? Where will this boredom of modern living lead us to? The idea of four friends engaging in an all-out "Grande Abbufatta" (the original title in Italian) is quite a perceptive allegory of what happened to the so-called Western civilization as a whole. It seems it has nowhere to go but to a formidable blow-out since its very beginning...
I'm not a big fan of Marco Ferreri's work. I think he was quite irregular in his output, but when he hit the mark he was simply second to none. For me, this "La Grande Bouffe" and "L'Ape Regina" ("The Queen Bee" or "The Conjugal Bed", 1963, with Ugo Tognazzi and Marina Vlady) are among the best examples of black comedy ever to be given us by filmmakers anywhere in the world. His choice of actors couldn't be better: Mastroianni, Piccoli, Noiret and Tognazzi will be forever among the greatest in this trade, and in "La Grande Bouffe" all of them give us one of the finest of their efforts ever.
I was very happy when I knew this movie was being released on DVD because I had seen it twice in movie theaters: in 1978 (the Italian-spoken version) and in 1981 (the French-spoken version, the one on this DVD). I was hoping the DVD version would bring both. I was quite disappointed to see that it brings only the French-spoken version, with English subtitles. It would have added much more to my pleasure if this DVD version of "La Grande Bouffe" would come with both Italian- and French-spoken versions, and also with Italian and French - besides English - subtitles.
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars There can be only one. October 10, 2001
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Some movies sear an image into your brain for ever. Like the end of "The Wild Bunch" or the beginning of Leone's "Once Upon A Time In The West" - "Looks like we're shy one horse". "No, you brought two too many".
I saw "La Grand Bouffe" over 20 years ago. I still have the image in my mind of the guy eating the two blancmanges at the end of the picture before he dies.
This movie is surreal, bizarre and wonderful. If we go to movies to see images and things we have never seen before, then this movie is spectacularly successful.
There is no greater movie about food and death.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars little known but glorious December 13, 2000
Format:VHS Tape
Once in awhile you see a film that makes you rejoice with awe and pleasure; this is just such a film. A celebration of life in 24 dashing hours, Grand Bouffe portrays a hedonistic reunion of four old friends in the grandest style. A beautiful and thoughtful examination of aging and, ultimately, mortality underlines what is otherwise a touching and very amusing romp through all the delights of the senses. Mastroianni is only one of a truly talented crew of actors whose poignant portrayals mold the wonderful script into a delightful and humanistic work of cinematic art. See this film.
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22 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What a way to go February 9, 1999
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Format:VHS Tape
La Grande Bouffe has to be one of a few greatest existential movies ever successfully produced (along with Goddard's Weekend and Bunel's Une Chien Andalou). When life's grudgery and drudgery become too much for a bunch of middle-class men facing middle-age and mortality, the question arises, why am I getting old? Why is this happenig to me? The inevitable is not acceptable and each man looks to what it is that would make them happy. Ultimately they realize nothing will make them happy. It is all so ordinary and mundane, their life has no meaning.
Retiring to a grand maison with a courtyard and pond in a section of town they endeavour to reflect on their unfulfilled lives and satisfy every lustful desire they have. One last grand blow-out and then exit with dignity at the peak of you outward persona. The movie turns into a food filled bacchanal with brioches filled with pate the size of the corronation cake in the Great Race. As with all great gourmonds these not so gentlemen dispatch all sorts of animals and fish stocked around the courtyard and in the pond, ensuring freshness of meat for the "die"ning table.
There is a bit of gratuitous sex, it was the early seventies and this was a foreign production. Additionally the sex is an adjunct to the other deadly sins that they were endulging in, on their way out.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Flatulence Fantasique! March 28, 2004
You will never forget seeing this movie. Like another reviewer I have carried images from this film in my mind for decades. It's not that it's a great movie, there have been better "food" movies - but nothing that has the black humor and the joyful vulgarity of this one. Philippe Noiret's infantile Judge is a wonderful performance and the entire cast holds nothing back. Philippe Sarde's haunting theme is superb - especially in the death by flatulence scene. Funny, farcical and oddly thoughtful beneath the somewhat contrived artiness that is French filmmaking of the 1970's.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars La Bleached Grande Bouffe August 24, 2009
In this over-lightened and over-brightened print, "La Grande Bouffe's" integral murky visual timbre has been erased and a Kabuki pallor imposed on the actors and a washed out glare cast on nearly every scene.

The film is presented in wide screen format, in theory an improvement over the cropped full screen used when this movie was last issued on DVD in the U.S. (Image Entertainment, 2000). Unfortunately, all the format does in this case is give the viewer an even fuller scope of something that's been erroneously bleached.

As an extra feature, the disc includes a brief (five minute) excerpt from the documentary "Marco Ferreri: The Director Who Came From The Future". It seems the excerpt was unmeddled with, as the snippets of the film that appear in it show how the movie should properly look.

To concede something to this disc, it is thoroughly subtitled. Utterances and throwaway lines of dialogue that went unaddressed in the subtitles of previous home versions of this film have been translated here. This is gratifying.

Overall, however, this disc is disappointing, a pale imitation of what could (and should) have been.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars LOVE THIS UNIQUE MOVIE!
been looking for this film for years...thrilled to find it and enjoyed it enormously...a hidden treasure with so many life lessons!
Published 2 months ago by Judy Katz
1.0 out of 5 stars a film of its (very dated) time
La Grande Bouffe is a film that shows its age and belongs on the slag heap of unwatched cinema history. Read more
Published 2 months ago by John Lederman
5.0 out of 5 stars The great feast - excrement I mean excellent
A bunch of blokes decide this worlds not worth it any more so what better way to check out than to eat, drink and pork yourself to death. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Mark Mason
3.0 out of 5 stars La Grande Bouffe
Truly an artistic type movie with room to speculate on the possible reasons why this group of older males choose to end their days in the first place; in a most bizarre fashion! Read more
Published 20 months ago by Menmic
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant Film, Fabulous Acting By All-Star Cast
A classic of the genre. Sad in its way, but vastly funny in most others. Remember "The Big Night?" Primo and Secondo? Read more
Published 24 months ago by Joel L. Hodes
1.0 out of 5 stars Simply nauseating.
The French have a word for it. Dégueulasse. This film reminds me of the equally disgusting Salo, in its unremitting repetition in pursuit of an obscure meaning. Read more
Published on October 9, 2012 by Froster
5.0 out of 5 stars A Blu-ray Release Would Be Much Appreciated
As Señor Adorno said:

"It would have added much more to my pleasure if this DVD version of "La Grande Bouffe" would come with both Italian- and... Read more
Published on January 17, 2012 by Mark
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Movie!!
I purchased the movie for a gift. Amazon billed and sent me one more, by mistake.
So I decided to keep it for me and watch it. Enjoyed very much.
Published on February 21, 2011 by Jose
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun to see this film again.
The theme fits well into consumption habits of today (shop till you drop) as well as it did in the seventies. Read more
Published on January 7, 2010 by Mr Sev
Gluttonous decadence is the apparent theme and story in Marco Ferreri's exceedingly black French comedy(?) of manners. Read more
Published on August 24, 2009 by Robin Simmons
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