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Won’t Get Fooled Again

Won’t Get Fooled Again (photo)

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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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The Best Of The Last

Portlandia Goes Out With A Bang

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The end is near. In mere days Portlandia wraps up its final season, and oh what a season it’s been. Lucky for you, you can watch the entire season right now right here and on the IFC app, including this free episode courtesy of Subaru.

But now, let’s take a moment to look back at some of the new classics Fred and Carrie have so thoughtfully bestowed upon us. (We’ll be looking back through tear-blurred eyes, but you do you.)

Couples Dinner

It’s not that being single sucks, it’s that you suck if you’re single.

Cancel it!

A sketch for anyone who has cancelled more appointments than they’ve kept. Which is everyone.

Forgotten America

This one’s a “Serial” killer…everything both right and wrong about true crime podcasts.

Wedding Planners

The only bad wedding is a boring wedding.

Disaster Hut

It’s only the end of the world if your doomsday kit doesn’t include rosé.

Catch up on Portlandia’s final episodes on demand and at

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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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Last-Minute Holiday Gift Guide

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

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