Provincial Living - - Entertainment -

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)

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