Tales of Ordinary Madness
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A film by Marco Ferreri based on Charles Bukowski’s novel “Erections, Ejaculations, Exhibitions and General Tales of Ordinary Madness”
Ben Gazzara stars as Charles Serking – a poet exploring L.A.’s seedy depths and dealing with the elusiveness of love. After falling for both the lascivious Vera (Susan Tyrell) and the masochistic prostitute Cass (Ornella Muti), Charles spirals downward into the world of the defeated, the demented and the damned.
DVD EXTRA: Excerpt from the documentary “Marco Ferreri: The Director Who Came from the Future”
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Bukowski had style. Ferreri has style. This film is an achingly human, drunken odessey inspired by the writings of Bukowski. This is not an adaptation, but captures the essence and complements his works. It shares carnality, a gritty realism, the pain and desperation of being human. It's provocative. It's uncomfortable. It's the underbelly and grimness of life that too often goes unrecognized. Or if acknowledged, you numb it with alcohol; you engage in self-destructive behaviours; you mask it with eroticism; you become a whore of an angel; you write. Whether these actions are to escape yourself or to regain feeling, it is human ~ it is pain ~ it's art if done with style ~ and, it's got soul.
By Justine Ryan
The final sequence in the beach embracing an unknown young girl in a visible childish attitude, dedicating her a free poetry is still haunting even the years, becoming a classic.
The poetry is a God that it doesn't go in the body; and that's why it scatter outside from it, and assumes multiple aspects.