Four rich men (Marcello Mastroianni, Philippe Noiret, Michel Piccoli, and Ugo Tognazzi) gather in a magnificent Parisian villa for a gastronomic blowout. They celebrate food, friendship, and art—but, in fact, they have decided to die together. A metaphysical tragedy as well as a physiological farce, La Grande Bouffe is a desperate and melancholic chef d’oeuvre, an outrageous and radical artwork portraying four ailing aesthetes. In spite of its poetic ambition, the film is best remembered for causing one of the biggest scandals of the Cannes Film Festival, where it was ruthlessly jeered. But its huge public success made it an immediate cult classic, to the point where it threatens to overshadow the rest of Ferreri’s filmography.
For $30, receive one ticket to a film in Marco Ferreri: Beyond the Absurd and a select menu item at Café Paradiso, located in FLC’s Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center. Learn more about our dinner and a movie combo here.