“Tales of Ordinary Madness” quotes

(1981)
Movie Tales of Ordinary Madness
Title Tales of Ordinary Madness
Original title Storie di ordinaria follia
Year 1981
Director Marco Ferreri
Genre Drama
Plot – Charles Serking is a poet who travels from town to town giving speeches or reciting compositions. Los Angeles is his ideal city, it's perfect for his disorderly life with its many bars to hide and avoid the outside world. Charles spends there all his days, drinking beer or wine, sometimes arguing violently with his former wife, sometimes harassing unknown women and suddenly writing beautiful poems to restore his existence on his rusty typewriter or on flying pieces of paper.
All actors – Ben Gazzara, Ornella Muti, Susan Tyrrell, Tanya Lopert, Roy Brocksmith, Katya Berger, Hope Cameron, Judith Drake, Patrick Hughes, Wendy Welles, Stratton Leopold, Anthony Pitillo
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  • “- Charles Serking: Did you enjoy it, Vera?
    - Vera: Yeah, like being raped! When I got off the bus, I thought you'd lose your nerve. Most men are cowards in the broad daylight.”

    Ben Gazzara - Charles Serking
    Susan Tyrrell - Vera
    [Tag:cowardice, rape, sex]
  • “I've always considered a paranoid a man with all the facts.”
    Ben Gazzara - Charles Serking
    [Tag:disease]
  • “Style is the answer to everything... a fresh way to approach a dull or dangerous thing. To do a dull thing with style is preferable to doing a dangerous thing without style. To do a dangerous thing with style is what I call art. Bullfighting can be an art. Boxing can be an art. Loving can be an art. Opening a can of sardines can be an art.”
    Ben Gazzara - Charles Serking
    [Tag:art, dullness, style]
  • “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...” (continue)(continue reading)
    Ben Gazzara - Charles Serking
  • “Not many have style. Not many can keep style. I have seen dogs with more style than men - though not many dogs have style. Cats have it in abundance.”
    Ben Gazzara - Charles Serking
    [Tag:cats, dogs, style]
  • “I had this friend once... He had this desire, this obsession... to return to his mother's womb. And one day that obsession became a reality.”
    Ben Gazzara - Charles Serking
  • “I want to fuck you. I want to be fucked until I have nothing left for the others. Nothing!”

    Ornella Muti - Cass
    [Tag:lust, sex]
  • “Cass had that special look that got to me. Like she'd been blown away by the winds of eternity and was swimming back against the current. There was something mysterious going on and I plunged right in. I was in over my head, my mind kept telling me. I had to come up for some air. But Cass was like fluid fire and her flesh had already sucked me...” (continue)(continue reading)
    Ben Gazzara - Charles Serking
  • “She was that rare kind who gives you an instant hard-on. All sexual sleeze with an ass like a wild animal. My kind of game. She was radiating heat, putting out signals and I was hooked. I followed her. What the hell else could I do? My blood was up.”
    Ben Gazzara - Charles Serking
    [Tag:excitement]
  • “It's my kind of place. Dangerous, with pimps, whores without class, rip-off artists, and other hard-core turf shattered types entertaining fantasies too desparate to mention... just naked reality twenty-four hours a day. I've always had a love affair with the streets.”

    Ben Gazzara - Charles Serking
  • “- Girl on beach: Where does poetry come from?
    - Charles Serking: You show me your titties and I'll compose a poem. Just for you.”

    Katya Berger - Girl on beach
    Ben Gazzara - Charles Serking
    [Tag:breast, poetry]
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