*L'ape regina (The Conjugal Bed)*. 1963. Italy/France. Directed by Marco Ferreri. Courtesy Park Circus

L’ape regina (The Conjugal Bed). 1963. Italy/France. Directed by Marco Ferreri. Screenplay by Goffredo Parise, Rafael Azcona, Ferreri, Diego Fabbri. With Ugo Tognazzi, Marina Vlady, Walter Giller. In Italian; English subtitles. 90 min.

A satirical Buñuelian grotesquerie that was cruelly censored, Ferreri’s first Italian feature involves the grim fate of a doting, middle-aged husband (Tognazzi) who struggles to get over his neurotic impotence and his fierce wife’s impatience, only to be devoured like a male praying mantis.

DCP from Luce Cinecittà; courtesy Rialto.

  1. Friday, December 21, 2018,
    6:30 p.m.

    The Museum of Modern Art, Floor T2, Theater 2
  2. Saturday, December 8, 2018,
    4:00 p.m.

    The Museum of Modern Art, Floor T1, Theater 1