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Tales of Ordinary Madness (1981)

Storie di ordinaria follia (original title)
Poet/lecturer Charles Serking awakens from his alcoholic haze long enough to take a bus back to L.A. and plunge into an orgy of drink and sexual depravity.

Director:

Marco Ferreri

Writers:

Marco Ferreri (scenario), Sergio Amidei (scenario) | 4 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Ben Gazzara ... Charles Serking
Ornella Muti ... Cass
Susan Tyrrell ... Vera
Tanya Lopert Tanya Lopert ... Vicky
Roy Brocksmith ... Barman
Katya Berger ... Girl on Beach (as Katia Berger)
Hope Cameron Hope Cameron ... Hotel Proprietor
Judith Drake ... Widow
Patrick Hughes Patrick Hughes ... Pimp
Wendy Welles Wendy Welles ... Runaway
Stratton Leopold Stratton Leopold ... Publisher
Anthony Pitillo Anthony Pitillo
Jay Julien Jay Julien
Peter Jarvis Peter Jarvis
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jean-Paul Boucher Jean-Paul Boucher
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Storyline

After a lecture where a poem is read out to a group of bored students, the alcoholic and sex addicted poet, Charles Serking, meets a young girl backstage. Then he travels to Los Angeles, and has sex with bizarre women. When Charles meets the gorgeous self-destructive prostitute Cass in a bar, he finds his soul mate and falls in love for her. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Drama

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Country:

Italy | France

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 September 1981 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

Tales of Ordinary Madness See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

In one of several of Charles Bukowski's book of letters, he noted that, before production began, Ben Gazarra had great eyes. After the movie came out, however, he didn't have much good to say about it. See more »

Quotes

Cass: [Lustfully to Charlie] Now, give it to me! Take my soul with your cock!
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Crazy Credits

'Copyright' is spelt as 'copyrigth'. See more »

Connections

Referenced in La dernière énigme (1982) See more »

Soundtracks

Rock-a-bye-baby
(uncredited)
Traditional Anglo-American nursery rhyme and ballad
Sung by Ben Gazzara
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Masterful vision of a man enslaved by sexual and alcoholic gluttony
8 December 2005 | by fertilecelluloidSee all my reviews

Spectacularly sleazy, beautiful, boisterous and sexy, this is the real Bukowski deal, a booze-fueled erotic odyssey by the adventurous Ferreri with the perfectly cast Ben Gazzara as Charles Serking (Bukowski).

Ornella Muti, as Serking's sexual muse, is Venus incarnate and turns in a powerhouse performance as Cass, an emotionally damaged whore with a penchant for pain. The scenes of Gazzara swaggering in and out of LA's fleapit bars, apartments and hotel rooms convey a filthy, delirious ambiance that is vividly captured by Tonino Delli Colli's superb cinematography and Dante Ferretti's exquisitely oily production design. This is such an amazing looking film with a thick, steamy, anything-goes atmosphere of lust-ridden anarchy.

Much grittier than the accomplished "Barfly" and more watchable than "Love Is A Dog From Hell", the entire affair has an emotional, raw resonance that slavishly captures the Bukowski sensibility and remains consistently perverse in its singular vision of a man enslaved by alcoholic and sexual gluttony.

Phillipe Sarde's score is moody and rich, as is Gazzara's breathy voice-over.

A masterpiece.


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