Bye Bye Monkey 1978 ***

King Kong falls…

Some films defy synopsis; Gerald Depardieu plays a man who lives in a rat infested flat, and who communicates largely by blowing a whistle. He works for a feminist theatre company who humiliate him regularly, and also part time in a wax museum. While walking on a New York Beach, he finds the body of King Kong, freshly fallen from the Empire State Building. He finds Kong’s son and adopts him. Marco Ferreri’s follow-up to la Grande Bouffe is an absurdity comedy-drama of obscure intent, but with James Coco and Marcello Mastroianni  in support, it’s an experimental road well worth taking, although the pay-off may be disturbing.


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