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Won’t Get Fooled Again

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Italian provocateur Marco Ferreri’s films often have subtextual mission statements, but the films themselves hide nothing, and his favorite plot shape is the long slide down into chaos. “La Grande Bouffe” (1973), his most notorious movie, epitomizes this garishly: Michel Piccoli (a TV host), Marcello Mastroianni (a pilot), Philippe Noiret (a judge) and Ugo Tognazzi (a chef), all using their real names, convene for a fortnight in a gated mansion to embark upon a “seminaire gastronomique,” abetted by a gaggle of hookers and a single, zaftig schoolteacher (Andréa Ferréol) utterly game for anything.

They chow down on mountains of pâté, roast duck, chicken, pork, mousse, pastries, oysters, lobsters and so, infinitely, on, and the purpose of their debauch is never made explicit — a few smiles and nods about eating until they die is all we get, and of course we soon understand, as intestinal fortitude gives way to bowel trauma, etc., that these deliberate gluttons are acting out what Ferreri sees as the excessive habits of Western civilization, hellbent as it is in the last century on trying to consume everything around it. (The fellas eat sometimes fiercely, but sometimes dutifully.) Eventually, of course, the toilet explodes.

Like several Ferreri films (I’m thinking particularly of 1969’s “Dillinger Is Dead”), the satire is implicit, and the action is strangely devoid of content, comedic or otherwise — Tognazzi’s flinch when a whore slams her fist into a cake may be the only laugh I found. Billed as a farce, “La Grande Bouffe” is something else, a quiet and observant screed, a cousin to Pasolini’s “Salò” two years later but with a simpler and slightly more empathetic arc (the characters are all deeply drawn), laying waste to modern man and refusing to tell us how to feel about the process.

“M. Butterfly” (Warner Home Video) and “La Grande Bouffe” (Koch Lorber Films) are now available on DVD.

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Rev Up

Your Portlandia Personality Test

The New Portlandia Webseries Is Going Your Way

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Carrie and Fred understand that although we have so much in common, we’re each so beautifully unique and different. To help us navigate those differences, Portlandia has found an easy and honest way to embrace our special selves in the form of a progressive new traffic system: a specific lane for every kind of driver. It’s all in honor of the show’s 8th and final season, and it’s all presented by Subaru.

Ready to find out who you really are? Match your personality to a lane and hop on the expressway to self-understanding.

Lane 10: Trucks Piled With Junk

Your junk is falling out of your trunk. Shake a tail light, people — this lane is for you.

Lane 33: Twins

You’re like a Gemini, but waaaay more pedestrian. Maybe you and a friend just wear the same outfits a lot. Who cares, it’s just twinning enough to make you feel special.

Lane 27: Broken Windows

Bad luck follows you around and everyone knows it. Your proverbial seat is always damp from proverbial rain. Is this the universe telling you to swallow your pride? Yes.

Lane 69: Filthy Cars

You’re all about convenience. Getting your car washed while you drive is a no-brainer.

Lane 43: Newly Divorced Singles

It’s been a while since you’ve driven alone, and you don’t know the rules of the road anymore. What’s too fast? What’s too slow? Are you sending the right signals? Don’t worry, the breakdown lane is nearby if you need it.

Still can’t find a lane to match your personality? Check out all the videos here. And see the final season of Portlandia this spring on IFC.

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Give Back

Last-Minute Holiday Gift Guide

Hits from the '80s are on repeat all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC.

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It’s the final countdown to Christmas and thanks to IFC’s movie marathon all Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, you can revel in classic ’80s films AND find inspiration for your last-minute gifts. Here are our recommendations, if you need a head start:

Musical Instrument

Great analog entertainment substitute when you refuse to give your kid the Nintendo Switch they’ve been drooling over.

Breakfast In Bed

Any significant other or child would appreciate these Uncle Buck-approved flapjacks. Just make sure you’re not stuck on clean up duty.

Cocktail Supplies

You’ll need them to get through the holidays.

Dance Lessons

So you can learn to shake-shake-shake (unless you know ghosts willing to lend a hand).

Comfy Clothes

With all the holiday meals, there may be some…embigenning.



Get even more great inspiration all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC, and remember…

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A-O Rewind

Celebrating Portlandia One Sketch at a Time

The final season of Portlandia approaches.

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Most people measure time in minutes, hours, days, years…At IFC, we measure it in sketches. And nothing takes us way (waaaaaay) back like Portlandia sketches. Yes, there’s a Portlandia milepost from every season that changed the way we think, behave, and pickle things. In honor of Portlandia’s 8th and final season, Subaru presents a few of our favorites.

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Put A Bird On It

Portlandia enters the pop-culture lexicon and inspires us to put birds on literally everything.

Colin the Chicken

Who’s your chicken, really? Behold the emerging locavore trend captured perfectly to the nth degree.

Dream Of The ’90s

This treatise on Portland made it clear that “the dream” was alive and well.

No You Go

We Americans spend most of our lives in cars. Fortunately, there’s a Portlandia sketch for every automotive situation.

A-O River!

We learned all our outdoor survival skills from Kath and Dave.

One More Episode

The true birth of binge watching, pre-Netflix. And what you’ll do once Season 8 premieres.

Catch up on Portlandia’s best moments before the 8th season premieres January 18th on IFC.

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