GenreComedy, Drama, Fantasy Music directorPhilippe Sarde LanguageEnglish
WriterGerard Brach, Rafael Azcona Release dateFebruary 24, 1978 (Italy) CastGérard Depardieu (Gérard Lafayette), Marcello Mastroianni (Luigi Nocello), James Coco (Andreas Flaxman), Abigail Clayton (Angelica (as Gail Lawrence)), Geraldine Fitzgerald (Mrs. Toland) Similar moviesRelated Marco Ferreri movies
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Bye Bye Monkey (Italian: Ciao maschio, French: Rêve de singe) is a 1978 Italian-French film, directed by Marco Ferreri and starring Gérard Depardieu, Marcello Mastroianni, James Coco and Geraldine Fitzgerald. It is about a man who finds a baby chimpanzee in a giant King Kong prop and decides to raise it like a son. It was filmed in English and shot in Long Island, New York. As this was a French-Italian co-production, French and Italian dubbed versions were made for their respective countries' theatrical releases.
Dark surreal view of a New York that is mostly empty of humans and populated only by rats and a few eccentrics. Lafayette is a young French electrician living on his own in a basement who works for the odd owner of a waxwork museum and also for a feminist theatre group. When the women decide to improvise a piece about rape, the attractive Angelica volunteers to rape Lafayette. Beside the sea, Lafayette finds an abandoned baby chimpanzee which he adopts. Angelica, who enjoyed the rape, moves into his sordid flat and shares in the care of the infant. However, when Lafayette does not respond to the news that she is pregnant, she moves out. Alone again, he returns one day to find his baby ape eaten by rats. In total despair and needing human contact, he breaks into the waxwork museum but is met with hostility by the owner. The two fight and a fire, presumably caused by faulty wiring, consumes them both. Later, we see Angelica on the shore playing happily with her child.
Gérard Depardieu - Gerard Lafayette
Marcello Mastroianni - Luigi Nocello
James Coco - Andreas Flaxman
Geraldine Fitzgerald - Mrs. Toland
Abigail Clayton - Angelica (as Gail Lawrence)
Stefania Casini - Feminist Actress
Francesca De Sapio
Mimsy Farmer - Feminist Actress
Avon Long - Miko
The film was presented at the official competition of the 1978 Cannes Film Festival and received the Grand Prize of the Jury, in tie with Jerzy Skolimowski's The Shout.