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Food Between Life and Death in the Cinema of Marco Ferreri and Itami Jūzō

Maria Roberta Novielli    Università Ca’ Foscari Venezia, Italia    



International cinema of every era has told of the relationship between men, women and food. In many cases it is presented as a common thread capable of binding every life impulse: sex, spirituality, greed, even death. In the cases of Italy and Japan, there are two directors in particular for whom the theme recurs with greater incisiveness: Marco Ferreri and Itami Jūzo, and especially in their works La Grande Abbuffata and Tanpopo. Both movies also represent a critique of the consumer society and the general decay of civil entourage. The characters thus contribute to representing a sort of mythology of the human being, each distinct in a grotesque, surreal and in many cases parodic way while they use food to translate their impulses. This essay aims to highlight the similarities between the main narrative strategies used by the two directors.

22 Dicembre 2021
21 Luglio 2021
10 Giugno 2021

Keywords: FerreriTampopoLifeItamiFoodLa Grande BouffeDeathCinemaSymbolism

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