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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 ... 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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Technical Specs

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

In Bukowski's short story, Mad Enough to be found in the compilation, Septuagenarian Stew, he talks about reluctantly meeting the cast and crew of a film called Songs of the Suicide Man, while they did a scene at Venice Beach. It was directed by Luigi Bellini and starring Ben Garabaldi and Eva Mutton, surely synonyms for the people behind this film. He also mentions that Garabaldi had appealing eyes but 'self-pleased' and 'dozing inside.' They had a drinking session for the writer's visit. There are many worthy references that seem like this even may have happened, such as Bukowski often did in his stories and poems by telling real stories with a variation of the real name with a little spruced up Bukowski magic. Suffice to say, he wasn't a fan of the film. The same story also references the film Crazy Love. See more »

Quotes

Charles Serking: [voiceover] Ever heard the sound of one mouth screaming? I had for years - my own. I didn't want to go home. I didn't want to see anybody. I just needed to be invisible for a few days, to get down in the dirt, lose myself with all the others: The defeated, the demented and the damned. They are the real people of this world and I was proud to be in their company.
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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
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Traditional Anglo-American nursery rhyme and ballad
Sung by Ben Gazzara
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Only a genius would cast Ben Gazarra as Bukowski
23 July 2001 | by wobelixSee all my reviews

Neither Bukowski nor Marco Ferreri's film will shock the audience any more. This is a grim tale, but told in an exciting way with the enigmatic Gazarra and the superb Ornella Muti in front of the camera, backed by legendary Italians, like production designer Dante Ferretti (who worked, among others, with Fellini and Pasolini, and recently bedazzled movie-goers with 'Titus') and D.O.P. Tonino Delli Colli ('The Good, the Bad and The Ugly'; 'Histoires Extraordinaires') A great film, some years ahead of its time, so now truly not to be missed.


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