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Delicatessen (1991)


Written by Tim Dirks

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Movie Title/Year and Scene Descriptions

Delicatessen (1991, Fr.)

In Jean- Pierre Jeunet and Marc Caro's black comedy set in a post-apocalyptic 1950s France (of the future):

  • the montage set-piece, called the "Squeaky Bedsprings" scene (the cannibalistic butcher/landlord Clapet (Jean-Claude Dreyfus) was making love to his mistress Mme. Plusse (Karin Viard) on a squeaky bed) that took place in various rooms of the tenants in an apartment building above a ground floor butcher's shop-delicatessen:
Ceiling Painting
("roll roll")
Cello Playing with Metronome
("tick tock, tick tock")
Dusty Rug Beating ("pound pound")
Bike Tire Pumping ("whoosh whoosh")
("click click")
Toy Testing
("moo moo")

- newly-hired handyman and circus clown Louison (Dominique Pinon) was painting the ceiling with a roller
- the butcher's bespectacled near-sighted daughter Julie (Marie-Laure Dougnac) was playing a cello with a metronome
- a woman was beating a dusty rug
- a boy was pumping a bike tire
- an old woman was knitting
- the toy-making Kube brothers were testing out a noise-making novelty toy that mooed, etc.

  • the tenants all kept synchronized in symphonic rhythm ("squeak squeak", "pound pound", "tick tock", "click click") to the squeaking springs in increasingly sped-up tempo until the butcher climaxed (when the bike tire exploded, a cello string broke, the painter fell to the floor, etc.)
  • also the numerous instances of suicidal psychotic Aurore Interligator (Sylvie Laguna) attempting to kill herself with Rube-Goldberg setups, including her climactic bizarre attempt with an overdose of pills, a shotgun, a noose hanging, a Molotov cocktail, and gas inhalation -- all unsuccessful
  • and the outrageous scene at film's end in which Louison and Julie purposely flooded a bathroom to escape her murderous father - resulting in a torrent of water filling the entire tenement building and cleansing the filth - leading to the butcher's death by a sharp Australian boomerang
  • the final image of Julie and Louison on the roof playing the cello and a musical saw while the sky turned blue

Squeaky Bed Love-Making

The Climax

Aurore Interligator

Flooded Bathroom

Butcher's Death

Cello-Playing on the Roof


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