The most famous film by Italian provocateur Marco Ferreri (Dillinger is Dead), La Grande Bouffe was reviled on release for its perversity, decadence and attack on the bourgeoisie, yet won the prestigious FIPRESCI prize after its controversial screening at the Cannes Film Festival.
Four friends, played by international superstars Marcello Mastroianni (Fellini’s 8½), Michel Piccoli (Belle de jour), Ugo Tognhzzi (Barbarella) and Philippe Noiret (Zazie dans le metro) 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…
At once jovial and sinister, the film’s jet-black humour has a further twist as the reputed actors (whose characters use their own names) buck their respectable trend for a descent into fart-filled chaos that delivers a feast for the eyes and mind.
Reviews"An experience [that] hammers your sensibilities."
- Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"...yet another assault on the bourgeoisie, and it's fascinating to see just how sadistic and depraved filmmakers can get while breaching that topic."
- Matt Serafini, Dread Central
Brand new 2K restoration of the original camera negative
High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) and Standard Definition DVD presentation
Original French audio (uncompressed PCM on the Blu-ray)
Newly translated English subtitles
The Farcical Movie: Marco Ferreri – A television episode dedicated to the director in which he places his cinema within the context of Luis Buñuel and Tex Avery
Behind-the-Scenes: Footage from the making of the film and interviews with stars Mastroianni, Piccoli, Tognazzi, Noiret and Ferreri
Colours Around a Festival: an archive interview featuring Ferreri, Piccoli, Noiret, Tognazzi, and composer Philippe Sarde
Forming Ferreri: a new video essay by Italian film scholar Pasquale Iannone that looks at the director’s career prior to La Grande Bouffe
Select scene audio commentary by Pasquale Iannone
Extract from the stormy 1973 Cannes press conference
Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Gilles Vranckx
Booklet featuring new writing on the film by Johnny Mains and contemporary reviews detailing the film’s controversy, illustrated with original archive stills and posters