With the arrival of the 70’s, the New Wave began to grow old. The French cinema world was rocked to its foundations, however, when two scandalous films hit the Cannes Film Festival in 1973. Marco Ferreri’s La Grande
Bouffe – an absurd, satirical tale about four friends who eat themselves to death – horrified the audience at Cannes, who viciously attacked Ferreri. Unabashed, the director blew kisses to his detractors and was soon vindicated – La Grande
Bouffe won the Fipresci prize at Cannes, along with another shock winner, La Maman et la Putain (The Mother and the Whore). Le Figaro
described this lengthy film
about a ménage à tois as an “insult to the nation”, but it is now considered the best French film of the 70’s.
La Maman et la Putain (1973)