Film & Food – by Rosemary(Mama Rose)Febbo
“Take two turkeys, one goose, four cabbages, but no duck, and mix them together. After one taste, you’ll duck soup for the rest of your life.” This was an actual quote from Groucho Marx about the title of the 1927 film Duck Soup, featuring the Marx Brothers. Not a movie about food, but named after a version of soup.
Fast forward to 1989 when director Peter Greenaway creates a an atmosphere of gluttony, obsession, torture and murder all mixed with voracious amounts of food between scenes in The Cook, The Thief, His Lover & Her Lover. Nineteen ninety-one brought us a French film, Delicatessen where a butcher who dabbed in cannibalism kept his customers supplied with fresh meat until the butcher’s daughter fell in love with a vegetarian circus performer and had to help him and his band of freedom fighters avoid the father’s clever. This film was directed by Jean-Pierre Jeunet & Marc Caro.
From Ratatouille to Big Night food has been the basis for tales woven into the fabric of cinema. Food, glorious food, makes the visuals of film deliciously appetizing. Entire scenes revolve exclusively around the preparing and presentation of a single dish like in the movie Eat Drink Man Woman where Chef Chu is featured plucking a live chicken from his backyard coop and minutes later turning it into a steaming, mouth-watering casserole dish. Food is featured in backdrops of arguments and tantalizing sex scenes like in 9 1/2 Weeks or created with a single fig in Women in Love when Alan Bates compares the fig to a woman’s most female part and presents the most vulgar way to eat one.
Many of the films that feature food as its star are cult classics about primal hungers; physical, social, spiritual and sexual. Some go into the foray of food history, culture and traditions while other simply whet your appetite with tantalizing culinary delights. In the new iPhone APP & soon to be book, Cooking to Impress Chicks, the Field Guide for the Culinary Casanova, Chapter 11 shows us that Cuddling While Watching a Movie just doesn’t have to be combined with only popcorn, there are other snacks that will impress a favorite date, especially if you will be watching a movie filled with closeups of delicious, succulent, nummy, lip-smacking scenes about food. You don’t want to be watching these movies on an empty stomach, but maybe no soup!