Tales of Ordinary Madness - 1981 - Marco Ferreri


DIRECTED BY 
Marco Ferreri

RELEASED IN
1981
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.
Storie di ordinaria follia, The film's title and subject matter are based on the works and the person of US poet Charles Bukowski, including the short story The Most Beautiful Woman in Town (published by City Lights Publishing in the 1972 collection Erections, Ejaculations, Exhibitions, and General Tales of Ordinary Madness).

The film's protagonist, Charles Serking, is based on Bukowski's autobiographical character Henry Chinaski.

The best that can be said for Marco Ferreri's Tales of Ordinary Madness is that somewhere inside its unworkable blend of pretension and pornography, there's a serious film about art and sexual abandon struggling to get out. The worst, which can be said with considerably more accuracy, is that Mr. Ferreri's film is strained, absurdly solemn and full of inadvertent howlers.

Maslin, Janet (11 March 1983). "'TALES OF ORDINARY MADNESS'". New York Times. Retrieved 11 May 2011.


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