Storie di Ordinaria Follia (Tales of Ordinary Madness) Reviews
Mind the generalizing, but it seems like whenever a European film director comes to the United States for the first time, he skips Disneyland and heads straight for skid row.(See, people take the bus in Los Angeles. And hey! Is that a Fotomat?) I'm not complaining, mind you, as I actually think it's cool since apparently we are too obsessed in this country with upward mobility to care much about those who have fallen through the cracks. This might also explain why only European directors have adapted the works of Charles Bukowski. This one is from "Erections, Ejaculations, Exhibitions, and Other Tales of Ordinary Madness." And Marco Ferreri has nailed it with the help of a searing performance from Ben Gazzara, informing the life of an addict with levels of profound masochism. Only such pain could create Serking's powerful art but long can it truly last?
There's no real plot to speak of; just a few vaguely constructed subplots shoved together into a melange of subdued insanity. Most notable is the story of Chuck's brief relationship with the masochistic prostitute, Cass played by the stunningly gorgeous Ornella Muti. Some of the scenes with her and Gazzara early on in the film are just so damn unbelievably sexy in an elegantly sordid sort of way...brilliant.