Marco Ferreri was simply the most punk Italian filmmaker of his generation. A cine-provocateur of the highest order, Ferreri developed an oeuvre that is one of the most eclectic and surprising in all of Italian cinema, composed largely of black-as-night social satires and uncannily affecting dramas. From his earliest features—produced in Spain—to the vital skewerings of the European bourgeoisie he made upon returning for a long, prolific run in the Italian film industry (such as the 1969 Dillinger Is Dead and the 1973 La Grande Bouffe), Ferreri’s films take a delirious and critical view of the times in which he lived and worked and remain some of the funniest, darkest, and most thought-provoking works of their era. Join Film at Lincoln Center and Cinecittà for a rare opportunity to spend time with Ferreri’s tales of ordinary madness in this extensive career retrospective of one of world cinema’s most indelible enfants terribles.
Highlights include Ferreri’s third feature The Little Coach, starring the famous comic actor José Isbert, which established young Ferreri as a European master of black humor; The Ape Woman, which underwent harsh censorship and is now presented with its three different endings: the one dictated by Italian censorship, the one provided by the French producers, and the one that Ferreri and his accomplice and co-writer, Rafael Azcona, had written; The Man with the Balloons, the virtuoso depiction of a sudden fall into the absurdity of life, starring a flamboyant Marcello Mastroianni at his best; Dillinger Is Dead, a mix of pop art and existentialist philosophy and one of Ferreri’s most famous films; La Grande Bouffe, one of Ferreri’s signature films, which is best remembered for causing one of the biggest scandals of the Cannes Film Festival but whose public success made it an immediate cult classic; Bye Bye Monkey, Ferreri’s first film shot in the United States, starring Gérard Depardieu and Marcello Mastroianni as two men trying to cope with the decline of man and the rise of woman; and the 1980 Berlinale Silver Bear–winning film Seeking Asylum, one of Ferreri’s gentlest films, starring Roberto Benigni as a kindergarten teacher who falls in love with the mother of one of his students.
Organized by Florence Almozini and Dan Sullivan of Film at Lincoln Center and by Camilla Cormanni and Paola Ruggiero of Cinecittà. Co-produced by Cinecittà, Rome. Film descriptions by Gabriela Trujillo, author of Marco Ferreri: Le cinéma ne sert à rien (Capricci, 2021).
Cineteca di Bologna; Archivio Storico del Cinema Italiano; Cinémathèque Français
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 + Movie combo here.
Presented on 35mmA mix of pop art and existentialist philosophy, Dillinger Is Dead, about the nocturnal wandering of an industrial designer on the brink, is one of Ferreri’s most famous films—and probably his greatest masterpiece.
Presented on 35mmIn one of Ferreri’s most desperate films, the survivors of a plague that has eradicated almost all of humankind (Anne Wiazemsky and Marzio Margine) need to decide whether they should have a child or refuse to repopulate a toxic planet.
Presented on 35mmA burlesque and anachronic revisiting of the Battle of Little Bighorn transposed to the center of Paris, Ferreri’s political farce lights the fuse of a glorious icon of American mythology.
Presented on 35mmAmong Ferreri’s most underrated films, The Last Woman follows a tragic romance between a single father (Gérard Depardieu) and his child’s young caregiver (Ornella Muti).
Presented on 35mmIn Ferreri’s first film shot in the United States, Gérard Depardieu and Marcello Mastroianni star as two men trying to understand the world in which they live and coping with the decline of man and the rise of woman.
Presented on 35mmOne of Ferreri’s gentlest films, this 1980 Berlinale Silver Bear–winning film stars Roberto Benigni as a kindergarten teacher who falls in love with the mother of one of his students.
Presented on 35mmIn Ferreri’s radical portrait of an artist, inspired by the short stories of Charles Bukowski, Ben Gazzara stars as a drunken poet who wanders the streets of Los Angeles.
Presented on 35mmFerreri’s long-standing engagement with the feminism of his day finds one of its strongest expressions in this film about a love triangle, starring Hanna Schygulla, Niels Arestrup, and a pregnant Ornella Muti.
Presented on 35mmAdelina (Ingrid Thulin), once crowned a beauty queen, has lost her teeth in the nursing home. She falls in love with another patient, and their mutual desire shocks all of the home’s young nurses and employees.
Presented on 35mmIn Ferreri’s final fiction feature, a middle-aged, half-broke salesman becomes convinced that his meticulously maintained diary could become a literary masterpiece.
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