Food and Eating in the Movies:
A Bibliography of Books and Articles in the UC Berkeley Libraries

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Journal articles

Articles and Books on Individual films


Bell, David
Consuming geographies: we are where we eat / David Bell and Gill Valentine. London : Routledge, 1997.
Anthropology GT2850.B45 1997
Moffitt GT2850.B45 1997

Bell-Metereau, Rebecca Louise
"Eating and drinking, men and women." In: Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls: gender in film at the end of the twentieth century / edited by Murray Pomerance.p. 91-107. Albany: State University of New York Press, c2001. SUNY series, cultural studies in cinema/video.
Main Stack PN1995.9.S47.L33 2001

Boswell, Parley Ann.
"Hungry in the Land of Plenty: Food in Hollywood Films." In: Beyond the stars: The Material World in American Popular Film. / edited by Paul Loukides and Linda K. Fuller. pp: 7-23. Bowling Green, Ohio: Bowling Green University Popular Press, c1990
Main Stack PN1995.9.C36.B49 1990
Moffitt PN1995.9.C36.B49 1990 Library has: v.[1]-5 (c1990-c1996)

Boyer, Jay.
"Cry Food: The Use of Food as a Comic Motif in the Films of Charlie Chaplin." In: Beyond the stars: The Material World in American Popular Film. / edited by Paul Loukides and Linda K. Fuller. pp: 24-37. Bowling Green, Ohio: Bowling Green University Popular Press, c1990
Main Stack PN1995.9.C36.B49 1990
Moffitt PN1995.9.C36.B49 1990 Library has: v.[1]-5 (c1990-c1996)

Christie, Ian.
"Feasting in the Dark." In: Consuming passions: food in the age of anxiety / edited by Sian Griffiths and Jennifer Wallace. Manchester; New York: Mandolin; New York: Distributed exclusively in the USA by St. Martin's Press, 1998.
UCB Main GT2850 .C64 1998

Les cinéastes et la table
Dirigé par Trudy Bolter. Condé-sur-Noireau : Corlet ; Paris : Télérama, 2003.
Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1995.9.F65 C5 2003

Counihan, Carole.
"Food, Feelings and Film." Food, Culture & Society; Fall 2005, Vol. 8 Issue 2, p201, 14p
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The article focuses on the Mexican film Like Water for Chocolate (1991) to address the question of how women can use food as a path to power. The film is directed by Alfonso Arau based on his wife Laura Esquivel's screenplay. It uses lush and sensual images of foods and cooking to articulate a rich picture of family and gender. The film also portrays several characters' relationship to food, and through food to each other, and suggests multiple ways women can carve out diversely empowering or demeaning roles from food.

Dywer, Kevin
"Alimentary Delinquency in the Cinema." In: Eating culture : the poetics and politics of food / edited by Tobias Doring, Markus Heide, Susanne Muhleisen. Heidelberg : Winter, 2003.
Main Stack GT2850.E385 2003

Eating culture
Ron Scapp and Brian Seitz, editors. Albany: State University of New York Press, c1998.
UCB Anthropology GT2850.S27 1998
Moffitt GT2850.S27 1998

Eating culture : the poetics and politics of food
Heidelberg : Winter, 2003
MAIN: GT2850 .E385 2003

Farmer, Richard.
The food companions : cinema and consumption in wartime Britain, 1939-45 / Richard Farmer. Manchester ; New York : Manchester University Press ; New York : distributed exclusively in the USA by Palgrave Macmillan, 2011.
Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1993.5.G7 F375 2011x
The introduction of rationing ensured that food became a central concern for the British people during the Second World War. 'The Food Companions' investigates the cinema of this period and demonstrates the cultural impact that rationing and food control had on both government propaganda and commercial feature films.

Farquhar, Judith.
Appetites: food and sex in postsocialist China / Judith Farquhar. Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 2002. Body, commodity, text.
Anthropology GT497.C6.F37 2002 Library has: 2 copies
Chinese Stdy GT497.C6.F37 2002
Judith Farquhar's innovative study of medicine and popular culture in modern China reveals the thoroughly political and historical character of pleasure. Ranging over a variety of cultural terrains--fiction, medical texts, film and television, journalism, and observations of clinics and urban daily life in Beijing

Feeding Culture: The Pleasures and Perils of Appetite
Wojciech H. Kalaga, Tadeusz Rachwa, eds. Frankfurt am Main ; New York: P. Lang, 2005.
MAIN: PN56.F59 F44 2005
Contents: Food and labour / Tadeusz Rachwa? -- Of foods and books / Liliana Barakonska -- The dialect of gluttony / David Schauffler -- Food for thought / Tomasz Kalaga -- Flesh made spirit(s) / Leszek Drong -- Spirits and the discourse of reason / Johan van Wyk -- The pub and the Irish nation / Bradley Kadel -- Meat hooks, chain saws, and the meataphysics of horror / Katarzyna Ancuta --The manners of mass murder / John Watters -- Tran Anh Hung's L'odeur de la papaya verte and Romesh Gunesekera's Reef / Carmen Concilio -- Vegetarianism and citizenship / John Simons -- Capirotada vs. chicken curry / Aleksandra Podgorniak -- The meat, the sauce, the ceremony / Jacek Mydla -- Sex, food, and magic / Rafel Borys?awski -- Taste no evil / Alice Weinreb.

Ferry, Jane
Food in film: a culinary performance of communication / Jane F. Ferry. New York: Routledge, 2003. American popular history and culture (Routledge (Firm))
Main Stack PN1995.9.F65.F47 2003

"Food in Film and Television"
In: Encyclopedia of food and culture / Solomon H. Katz, editor in chief ; William Woys Weaver, associate editor.
Bioscience GT2850 .E53 2003 Ref Shelves
Doe Refe GT2850 .E53 2003
Moffitt Refe GT2850 .E53 2003

Foods of the gods: eating and the eaten in fantasy and science fiction
Edited by Gary Westfahl, George Slusser, and Eric S. Rabkin. Athens, Ga.: University of Georgia Press, c1996.
Main Stack PN3433.6.F66 1996

Griem, Julika
"Contested culinary and filmic space in The scent of green papaya, Eat Drink Man Woman, and Tampopo." In: Eating culture : the poetics and politics of food / edited by Tobias Doring, Markus Heide, Susanne Muhleisen. Heidelberg : Winter, 2003.
Main Stack GT2850.E385 2003

Keller, James R.
Food, film and culture : a genre study Jefferson, N.C. : McFarland & Co., c2006.
MAIN: PN1995.9.F65 K45 2006
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Oxford Symposium on Food & Cookery (1998: Saint Antony's College) Food in the arts: proceedings of the Oxford Symposium on Food and Cookery, 1998
Edited by Harlan Walker. Devon, England: Prospect Books, 1999.
Main Stack TX345.O94 1999

Poole, Gaye.
Reel meals, set meals: food in film and theatre / Gaye Poole. Sydney: Currency Press, 1999.
UCB Main PN1995.9.F65 P66 1999

Poole, Gaye.
"Reel Meals: Food and Public Dining, Food and Sex, Food and Revenge." In: Viands, wines and spirits : nourishment and (in)digestion in the culture of literacy : essays in cultural practice / edited by Wojciech Kalaga & Tadeusz Rachwal.. Katowice : Wydawn. Uniwersytetu Slaskiego, 2003. Prace naukowe Uniwersytetu Slaskiego w Katowicach ; nr. 2114
Main Stack PN56.F59.V53 2003

Reel Food: Essays on Food and Film
Edited by Anne L. Bower. New York: Routledge, 2004.
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Main Stack PN1995.9.F65.R44 2004

Reisch, Mark.
"Love and death and food: Woody Allen's comic use of gastronomy." In: Perspectives on Woody Allen / edited by Renee R. Curry. New York: G.K. Hall ; London: Prentice Hall International, c1966. Perspectives on film.
Main Stack PN1998.3.A45.P47 1996
Moffitt PN1998.3.A45.P47 1996

Rothermel, Dennis
"Slow Food, Slow Film." Quarterly Review of Film and Video, Volume 26 Issue 4 2009 Pages 265 – 279
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Stromgren, Dick.
"'Now to the Banquet We Press': Hitchcook's Gourmet and Gourmand Offerings." In: Beyond the stars: The Material World in American Popular Film. / edited by Paul Loukides and Linda K. Fuller. pp: 38-50. Bowling Green, Ohio: Bowling Green University Popular Press, c1990
Main Stack PN1995.9.C36.B49 1990 Library has: v.[1]-5 (c1990-c1996)
Moffitt PN1995.9.C36.B49 1990 Library has: v.[1]-5 (c1990-c1996)

Thorsten Morimoto, Marie.
"A Woman's Place in the Kitchen of Knowledge: Premodern and Postmodern Representations of Food (for Thought) in Japanese Film." In: Gender and culture in literature and film East and West: issues of perception and interpretation: selected conference papers / edited by Nitaya Masavisut, George Simson, Larry E. Smith. pp: 260-72.
Main Stack PN1995.9.A78.G46 1994
Asian Amer PN1995.9.A8.G46

Zimmerman, Steve
Food in the movies / Steve Zimmerman and Ken Weiss. Jefferson, N.C.: McFarland, c2005.
MAIN: PN1995.9.F65 Z56 2005
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Journal Articles

Barker, Andrew
"Mean Cuisine" Daily Variety, 1/5/2007, Vol. 294 Issue 5, pA5-A9, 2p
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The article discusses the filmmakers' taste of culinary decoration in their films to reflect the reality. The trend is reflected in gustatory food design sets of many films including "Volver" and "Marie Antoinette." The article discusses how Pedro Almodovar, the director of "Volver," used food as a metaphor of community. In "Marie Antoinette," director Sofia Coppola is reportedly used food to illustrate the hedonism of royal French life at Versailles at a time when the country was starving.

Baron, Cynthia.
"Dinner and a Movie: Analyzing Food and Film." Food, Culture and Society: An International Journal of Multidisciplinary Research, Volume 9, Number 1, Spring 2006 , pp. 93-117(25)
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"Scholars have shown that food is integrated into films' mise en scène and narrative design in ways that shape viewers' perception of the characters and their interactions, the social dynamics explored in a film, and the ideological perspectives conveyed by a film. Their studies of food and film viewing have revealed ways that food behaviors are components of individual negotiations with contemporary mass culture. An increased exchange between food studies and film studies has the potential to enrich both fields. Political economy scholarship in both disciplines continues to unearth information that could enhance understanding in both fields of inquiry. The foodways paradigm lends support for film scholars' work in ethnography and audience reception; the vocabulary and methods of analysis used in film studies facilitates nuanced studies of food in film." [Ingenta]

Baron, Cynthia.
"Food and Gender in Bagdad Cafe." Food and Foodways. 11 (1): 49-74. 2003 Jan-Mar.
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Barr, Terry
"Eating kosher, staying closer. Families and meals in contemporary Jewish American cinema." Journal of Popular Film and Television Vol XXIV nr 3 (Fall 1996); p 134-144.
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Focuses on the importance of the ritual family meal to Jewish immigrant families, and the dilemmas they face regarding assimilation, through analyses of eight recent US films that tell Jewish stories.

Beauregard, Raphaelle Costa de.
"Le motif de la nourriture dans "Les morts" de John Huston: nourritures terrestres et nourritures celestes." (French)Preview CinemAction, 2003, Issue 108, p188-195, 8p

Bell, Robert A; Berger, Charles R; Cassady, Diana; Townsend, Marilyn S
"Portrayals of Food Practices and Exercise Behavior in Popular American Films." Journal of Nutrition Education & Behavior. Vol 37(1), Feb 2005, pp. 27-32
"Objective: To describe depictions of food, alcohol, and exercise and sport in popular films. Design: Content analysis of the 10 top-grossing films each year from 1991 to 2000 (N = 100 films). Analysis: Coding reliabilities were assessed with Cohen's K. Research questions were addressed with basic descriptive statistics. Associations among variables were examined through a cross-tabulation procedure that corrects for the clustering of exercise and food depictions within movies. Results: Food and drink appeared regularly in the films analyzed, typically as a background element or prop. On average, food appeared on the screen once every 4.2 minutes. The foods shown were most likely to be fats, oils, and sweets; fruits, vegetables, and dairy products were rarely seen. More than 20% of the food items shown were alcoholic beverages, which were nearly 2 times more likely to be ingested as nonalcohol food items. Planned exercise and sports appeared at a rate of about 2 incidents per hour. These activities rarely received explicit evaluation by characters. Conclusions and Implication: Films frequently portray foods and exercise. These depictions have the potential to cultivate beliefs about normative eating and exercise behavior, suggesting a need for public health professionals to encourage the media to offer healthier images." (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2005 APA, all rights reserved)

Berglund, Jeff
"The Secret's in the Sauce": Dismembering Normativity in Fried Green Tomatoes." Camera Obscura: Feminism, Culture, and Media Studies 9/30/1999 N.42 p. 125
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Catsiapsis, Helene.
"The, whisky, champagne... et sandwichs au concombre dans deux comedies d'Oscar Wilde portees a l'ecran." (French) CinemAction, 2003, Issue 108, p257-262, 6p

Dorfman, Cindy.
"The Garden of Eating: The Carnal Kitchen in Contemporary American Culture." Feminist Issues 12 (Spring 1992): 21-38.

Dunn, Maggie.
"Licking the Pots in Sorrow's Kitchen: Food as Metaphor in Fiction and Film." Jaisa: the Journal of the Association for the Interdisciplinary Study of the Arts. 5(1):33-41. 1999 Fall

Elefteriou-Perrin, Veronique.
"Transgression, rememoration et redemption: quelques images americaines de la table juive." (French) CinemAction, 2003, Issue 108, p204-210, 7p

Floquet, Pierre
""Eat at Joe's!" ou quand Tex Avery met les petits plats dans l'ecran." (French) CinemAction; 2003, Issue 108, p150-161, 12p

Fox, Nick
"Cameos Are Not Enough: Show More Gratuitous Food." New York Times; 2/16/2005, Vol. 154 Issue 53127, pF2-F2, 1/6p
"Critiques films about food and wine. Perception that filmmakers look at food as a second-rate passion; Approach to the theme of wine in the film "Sideways"; Culinary powers exhibited in "Like Water for Chocolate"; Treatment of dinner like a love scene in the film "Babette's Feast."" [Ebsco]

Gantrel, Martine.
"La Gastronomie française au cinéma entre 1970 et 1990." The French Review: Journal of the American Association of Teachers of French. 75(4):697-706. 2002 Mar
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The evolution of the stereotype of gastronomy in France in three films by non-French directors: "Le Charme discret de la bourgeoisie (The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie", 1972) by Luis Buñuel, "La Grande Bouffe" (1973) by Marco Ferreri, and "Babette's Gastebud (Babette's Feast", 1987) by Gabriel Axel.

Gleiberman, Owen
"Platter Day Saints." Entertainment Weekly; 3/31/2006 Issue 870, p44-44, 1/3p
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Gunders, John
"Escape from the kitchen." Metro nr 127-128 (2001); p 129-137.
Discussion of various films which have food and the kitchen as the central theme.

Guneratne, Anthony R.
"Edible Signs: Chaplin's Food Imagery." Flashback. 1(1):20-35. 1990 Spring

Hastie, Amelie
"Eating in the Dark: A Theoretical Concession." Journal of Visual Culture, Vol. 6, No. 2, 283-302 (2007)
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"This article draws on a range of approaches in Film and Media Studies — including phenomenology, psychoanalysis, and reception studies - as well as autobiographical experience, in order to ruminate on the functions and effects of eating at the movies. Looking at the connections between viewing and eating, the author argues that the materiality of the food we eat acts as a mediating or transitional object between our viewing bodies and the fleeting images projected on screen. In fact, eating at the movies, as a lived experience of the scholar-viewer, is also a means of connecting often divergent critical practices." [Sage]

Hite, Christian.
"Eating/Machine: Discipline, Digestion, and Depression-era Gesticulation in Chaplin's Modern Times." Spectator: The University of Southern California Journal of Film & Television, Spring2001, Vol. 21 Issue 2, p40-55, 16p
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Hougron, Alexandre.
"Alimentation et anticipation: les utopies alimentaires dans le cinema americain." (French) CinemAction, 2003, Issue 108, p86-95, 10p

Iommazzo, April
"The Cultural Flow of Food in Cinema."

Kaufman, Anthony
"Foreign Cinema: Erotic Moments in Foreign Film." Soma 16:4 [May-June 2002] p.46-47
"Discusses several erotic moments in foreign films, including Paul Verhoeven's "De Vierde man" ("The Fourth Man"), Luis Buñuel's "Cet obscur objet du désir" ("That Obscure Object of Desire"), and Roger Vadim's "Et Dieu ... cria la femme" ("And God Created Woman"). Argues that erotic American cinema is not nearly as interesting or intense. Comments that the use of food is a common element in movie erotica."

LeBlanc, Ronald D.
"Love and Death and Food: Woody Allen's Comic Use of Gastronomy." Literature-Film Quarterly. 17(1):18-26. 1989. Salisbury, MD 2001 PN1995.3.L571
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Lelievre, Samuel.
"Les nourritures des cinemas d'Afrique Noire." (French) CinemAction, 2003, Issue 108, p264-271, 8p

Maroto Camino, Mercedes
"To Eat or Not to Eat: Feasting and Fasting in Tirso's El burlador de Sevilla and Buñuel's El discreto encanto de la burgues?a." Letras Peninsulares, vol. 16, no. 1, pp. 249-60, Spring 2003

Martin, Elaine
"Food, Literature, Art, and the Demise of Dualistic Thought." Consumption, Markets & Culture; Mar2005, Vol. 8 Issue 1, p27-48, 22p
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Masson, Alain.
"If music be the food of love, if love be the food of music, if food be the music of love..." (French) CinemAction, 2003, Issue 108, p182-187, 6p

Masters, P.L.
"Warring bodies: most nationalistic selves." East-West Film Journal Vol VII nr 1 (Jan 1993); p 137-148.
Considers images of food, hunger and cannibalism in two Japanese films about the second world war, "Nobi" and "Yuki yukite shingun".

Menegaldo, Gilles.
"La nourriture comme rapport au monde chez Woody Allen: le rite, le jeu, le corps, la mort." (French) CinemAction, 2003, Issue 108, p211-221, 11p

Minganti, Franco.
"Eating Americans (Horror, New Horror, Nihilistic New Horror & Stane Sensibilita)." Quaderni di Filologia Germanica della Facolta di Lettere e Filosofia Dell'Universita di Bologna. 3:145-170. 1984. Ravenna, Italy

Maroto Camino, Mercedes
"To Eat or Not to Eat: Feasting and Fasting in Tirso's El burlador de Sevilla and Bu?uel's El discreto encanto de la burgues?a." Letras Peninsulares, vol. 16, no. 1, pp. 249-60, Spring 2003.

Morton, Mark
"Fight the Good Food Fight." Gastronomica; Spring2008, Vol. 8 Issue 2, p6-8, 3p
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"The author focuses on real food fights and their counterparts on the television and films. He cites earlier precedents of food fights, the recurring invocation of food fights by certain politicians, and the use of the term in reference to political or economic conflicts. He also highlights the concerns about the escalation of cafeteria food fights staged and videotaped in North American high schools and compares the food fights posted on You Tube with cinematic and sitcom food fights." [EBSCO]

Negra, Diane.
"Ethnic Food Fetishism, Whiteness and Nostalgia in Recent Film and Television." Velvet Light Trap. 50:62-76. 2002 Fall
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In this article, the author highlights an increasingly prominent connection within popular culture between ethnic identities and food. Her article pinpoints an emergent subgenre of films centered on the fetishization of food within ethnic communities, such as Big Night and Like Water for Chocolate and explores how this trope has simultaneously manifested itself in the advertising campaigns of chain restaurants, celebrity cookbooks, and food-film tie-in texts. The author tracks the associative links among such representational forms-often considered discrete-and builds a convincing argument about the presence and strength of the threads underlying such apparently unrelated materials. She contends that the fetishistic depictions of food and of food preparation in these fictional productions work to recover the ethnic family, which is endowed with an emotional expressivity apparently lost in contemporary mainstream U.S. culture. What the author refers to as the sense of self-possession grounded in ethnic and/or national affiliation provides a kind of grounded emotional affect for an otherwise alienating cycle of consumption in late capitalism, thus enabling White spectators to enjoy the vicarious pleasures of an ethnic identity, community bonds, and heritage."

Nicholson, Mervyn.
"My Dinner with Stanley: Kubrick, Food, and the Logic of Images." Literature-Film Quarterly. 29(4):279-89. 2001
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Stanley Kubrick often used the motif of food to lead audiences into the visionary and heroic possibilities of his motion pictures. Food is equated with existence in '2001: A Space Odyssey,' with sexual pleasure in 'Lolita,' with corporate greed in 'Dr. Strangelove,' and with violating taboos in 'Full Metal Jacket.' [Expanded Academic Index]

Niel, Philippe
"Films-repas. Images de festins d'image." Positif nr 334 (Dec 1988); p 48-51.
Notes on four recent films in which food plays an important part: "Tampopo", "Babettes gaestebud", "Quelques jours avec moi" and "The dead".

Nottingham, Michael
"Downing the Folk-Festive: Menacing Meals in the Films of Jan Svankmajer." EnterText: An Interactive Interdisciplinary E-Journal for Cultural and Historical Studies and Creative Work, vol. 4, no. 1, pp. 126-50, Winter 2004.

O'Neill, Molly
"Eye candy: naturally, the food you see on film is larger than life." (includes recipes)(Food)(Column) . The New York Times Magazine, Nov 16, 1997 p149 col 1 (48 col in)

Orgeron, Devin Anthony. Orgeron, Marsha Gabrielle.
"Eating Their Words: Consuming Class à la Chaplin and Keaton." College Literature. 28(1):84-104. 2001 Winter
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Petri, Elio
"Apocalypse now." Positif nr 415 (Sept 1995); p 53-54.
A reading of key images in "Apocalypse now" in terms of their food content

Poirson-Dechonne, Marion
"D'un repas l'autre ou la fonction structurante du repas dans "Fanny et Alexandre" de Bergman." (French) CinemAction; 2003, Issue 108, p136-140, 5p

Pomerance, Murray
"Digesting Steven Spielberg." Film International; 2008, Vol. 6 Issue 2, p24-37, 14p
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Raskin, Richard.
"Eating Out and the Aesthetics of Surprise." P.O.V: a Danish Journal of Film Studies. 3:26-30. 1997 Mar

Retzinger, Jean P.
"Speculative Visions and Imaginary Meals." Cultural Studies; May-Jul2008, Vol. 22 Issue 3/4, p369-390, 22p
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Roth, Luanne.
"Beyond Communitas: Cinematic Food Events and the Negotiation of Power Belonging, and Exclusion." Western Folklore, Summer/Fall2005, Vol. 64 Issue 3/4, p163-187, 25p
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"The article examines American films for the brief moments when food functions to symbolize racial and cultural identity and to negotiate power, belonging, and exclusion. Most depictions of food within communities fall in line with the paradigm of "communitas." The flipside of creating communitas through food is that it often leads to the construction of the other that needs to be abjected. In "American History X," "My Big Fat Greek Wedding" and "Along Came Polly," there exists a simultaneous desire to consume the other." [Ebsco]

Rothermel, Dennis
"Slow Food, Slow Film." Quarterly Review of Film and Video, Volume 26 Issue 4 2009
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Roy, Parama
"Reading Communities and Culinary Communities: The Gastropoetics of the South Asian Diaspora." Positions: East Asia Cultures Critique, vol. 10, no. 2, pp. 471-502, Fall 2002.
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Ruberto, Laura E.
"Where Did the Goodfellas Learn to Cook? Gender, Labor, and the Italian American Experience." Italian Americana, vol. 21, no. 2, pp. 164-76, Summer 2003

Sandler, C.
"In Hollywood, even the food must perform." American Mercury v. 88 (January 1959) p. 89-90

Schmidt, Nicolas.
"Le cinéma français d'une table a l'autre." (French) CinemAction, 2003, Issue 108, p234-242, 9p

Shaw, Jessica
"Feast Your Eyes." Entertainment Weekly; 12/03/99 Issue 515, p15, 1/3p
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Shugart, H.A.
Sumptuous Texts: Consuming 'Otherness' in the Food Film Genre." Critical Studies in Media Communication, 25:1, 2008. 68 - 90
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"In recent years, food has played an increasingly prominent role in the mainstream media in a variety of ways. As one manifestation of this trend, "food films" have coalesced into a bona fide genre in contemporary popular culture. In this essay, I seek to contribute to the growing conversation regarding the symbolic role and rhetorical function of mediated representations of food. In an analysis of three films of that genre - Like Water for Chocolate, Chocolat, and Woman on Top - I argue that these films are unified not only insofar as they feature food but also, and more importantly, with respect to how they use food to engage and assuage anxieties attendant to contemporary cultural ambiguities and permeabilities, especially around race/ethnicity and gender. Specifically, I contend that these films offer food as a rhetorical device through which discourses of privilege are reconciled with and restabilised against contemporary practices of desire and consumption, especially (and increasingly) for and of the "Other."

Smetanka, Andy.
"Munchies movies; Videos at the intersection of film and food." Missoula Independent. Nov 27, 2003. Vol. 14, Iss. 47; p. 46

Swenson, Rebecca
"Domestic Divo? Televised Treatments of Masculinity, Femininity and Food." Critical Studies in Media Communication, Volume 26 Issue 1 2009 Pages 36 – 53

Taylor, David
"Five Movieable Feasts." Forbes, 10/23/95 FYI, Vol. 156 Issue 10, p141-143, 3p
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Telotte, J. P.
"A Consuming Passion: Food and Film Noir." Georgia Review. 39(2):397-410. 1985 Summer.

Tobias, Ruth.
"Mealtime at the Movies: 15 Food Films." World Literature Today, Jan/Feb2009, Vol. 83 Issue 1, p40-41, 2p
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Tuchman, Mitch
"Down the hatch in Beverly Hills." Film Comment Vol XXII nr 1 (Jan-Feb 1986); p 16-19,71-72.
Director Paul Mazursky discusses food as a key to the characters and the conflicts in his films.

Van Buren, Jane
"Food for thought in the film Fried Green Tomatoes." Psychoanalytic Inquiry. Special Issue: Projections of psychic reality: A centennial of film and psychoanalysis. Vol 18(2), 1998, pp. 291-299 Van Buren, Jane

Wardrop, Stephanie.
"They Don't Have a Name for It Yet: Patriarchy, Gender and Meat-Eating in Jonathan Demme's The Silence of the Lambs." Lit: Literature Interpretation Theory. 5(1):95-105. 1994

Wooden, Shannon R..
"'You Even Forget Yourself': The Cinematic Construction of Anorexic Women in the 1990s Austen Films." Journal of Popular Culture. 36(2):221-35. 2002 Fall

Zimmerman, Steve
"Food in Films: A Star Is Born Food in Films: A Star Is Born." Gastronomica: The Journal of Food and Culture, Vol. 9, No. 2 (Spring 2009), pp. 25-34
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Books and Articles About Individual Films

Babette's Feast

Ansen, David.
"Babette's Feast." (movie review) Newsweek March 14, 1988 v111 n11 p61(1)

Branson, Stephanie.
"Dinesen in Three Dimensions: A Comparison of Irony in Two Films of Dinesen's Stories." Literature-Film Quarterly. 28(1):49-53. 2000
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Campbell, James
"Babette's Feast." (movie review) Times Literary Supplement April 8, 1988 n4436 p394(1)

Canby, Vincent
"Babette's Feast." (movie review) The New York Times March 4, 1988 v137 pC12(L) col 6 (11 col in); Oct 1, 1987 v137 p22(N) pC22(L) col 1 (15 col in)

Chutkow, Paul
"An exile spices 'Babette's Feast.'" The New York Times Feb 28, 1988 v137 s2 pH23(N) pH23(L) col 1 (45 col in)

Denby, David.
"Babette's Feast." (movie review) New York March 7, 1988 v21 n10 p101(2)

Forbes, Jill
"Axel's feast." (interview with Gabriel Axel, director of Babette's Feast) Sight and Sound Spring 1988 v57 n2 p106(2)

Elhem, Philippe; Reynaert, P.
"L'hete danois. Art et celebration." 24 Images nr 38 (Summer 1988); p 32-36.
Danish director G.A. speaks about his theatrical training, his early film work and "Babettes gaestebud".

Gagné, Laurie Brands.
"The Artist As Peacemaker: "Babette's Feast" as A Narrative of Reconciliation." Renascence, Spring2008, Vol. 60 Issue 3, p224-235, 12p
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Keller, James R.
"The Artist in Exile: Babette's and "Alexander's Feast." In: Food, film and culture : a genre study Jefferson, N.C. : McFarland & Co., c2006.
MAIN: PN1995.9.F65 K45 2006

Lothe, Jakob.
"Gabriel Axel's Babette's Feast". In: Narrative in fiction and film : an introduction / Jakob Lothe. Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2000.
Main Stack PN3355.L6713 2000

Maisto, M.
"Cinematic Communion? Babette's Feast, Transcendental Style, and Interdisciplinarity." In: Imag(in)ing otherness : filmic visions of living together / edited by S. Brent Plate, David Jasper. Atlanta, Ga. : Scholars Press, c1999.
Main Stack PN1995.9.E95.I46 1999
Compar Ethn PN1995.9.E95.I46 1999

Marsh, Clive.
"Did you say 'Grace'?: Eating in Community in 'Babette's Feast'." In: Explorations in theology and film : movies and meaning / edited by Clive Marsh and Gaye Ortiz. Oxford, UK ; Malden, MA : Blackwell, 1998.
Main Stack PN1995.5.E96 1998

Mickelsen, David J.
"After-Dinner Speakers in 'Babette's Feast': In the End Was the Word." Edda: Nordisk Tidsskrift for Litteraturforskning/Scandinavian Journal of Literary Research. 1:33-47. 2001

Niel, Philippe
"Films-repas. Images de festins d'image." Positif nr 334 (Dec 1988); p 48-51.
Notes on four recent films in which food plays an important part: "Tampopo", "Babettes gaestebud", "Quelques jours avec moi" and "The dead".

Ogier, James M.
"Babette's Verbal Feast: Therapeutic Orality in Text, Translation and Film." Scandinavica. 32(2):177-89. 1993 Nov. Norwich England

Podles, Mary Elizabeth
"Babette's Feast." (movie review) The Antioch Review Summer 1992 v50 n3 p551(15)
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Rashkin, Esther
"A Recipe for Mourning: Isak Dinesen's 'Babette's Feast'" Style, vol. 29, no. 3, pp. 356-74, Fall 1995.

Schuler, Jean.
"Kierkegaard at Babette's Feast: The Return to the Finite." Journal of Religion & Film. 1(2):(no pagination). 1997 Oct

Shapiro, Michael J.
"Political Economy and Mimetic Desire: A Postmodernist Reading of 'Babette's Feast'." History of European Ideas. 13(3):239-51. 1991.

Strauss, Frederic
"La derniere cene."Cahiers du Cinéma nr 405 (Mar 1988); p 43-46.

Wright, Wendy M.
"Babette's Feast: A Religious Film." Journal of Religion & Film. 1(2):29 paragraphs. 1997 Oct

The Big Night

"Big Night." (movie reviews) Migration World Magazine v25, n3 (March-April, 1997):39.
UC users only

Boozer, Jack.
"The Entrepreneurial Impulse." In: Career Movies : American Business and the Success Mystique Austin : University of Texas Press, 2002.
Full text available online [UC Berkeley users only]
Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1995.9.B87 B66 2002)

Coyle, Margaret.
"Il Timpano--"to eat good food is to be close to God": the Italian-American reconciliation of Stanley Tucci and Campbell Scott's Big Night?" In: Reel food : essays on food and film / edited by Anne L. Bower. New York : Routledge, 2004.
Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1995.9.F65 R44 2004

DeAngelis, Rose; Anderson, Donald R.
"Gastronomic Misculgio: Foodways in Italian-American Narrative." Italian Americana, vol. 23, no. 1, pp. 48-68, Winter 2005

Denby, David.
"Big Night." (movie reviews) New York v29, n42 (Oct 28, 1996):124.

Everschor, Franz
"Antipasto, primo und secondo." Zoom nr 3 (Mar 1997); p 8-9.
On the depiction of eating in "Big night".

Iammarino, Sarah.
"A Celebration of Italian American Culture: Stanley Tucci and Campbell Scott's Big Night." Via: Voices in Italian Americana. 8(1):183-88. 1997 Spring

Keller, James R.
"Filming and Eating Italian: Big Night and Dinner Rush." In: Food, film and culture : a genre study Jefferson, N.C. : McFarland & Co., c2006.
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Konisgberg, Eric
"How to make roles? Make movies." (Italian-American actor Stanley Tucci turns to filmmaking) The New York Times Magazine Sept 8, 1996 p60 col 1 (35 col in)

Maslin, Janet.
"Big Night." (movie reviews) New York Times v145 (Fri, Sept 20, 1996):B3(N), C12(L), col 1, 17 col in.; v145 (Fri, March 29, 1996):B4(N), C8(L), col 1, 24 col in.

Matthews, Peter.
"Big Night." (movie reviews) Sight and Sound v7, n6 (June, 1997):47 (2 pages).

Rafferty, Terrence.
"Big Night." (movie reviews) New Yorker v72, n28 (Sept 23, 1996):100 (3 pages).

Rowe, Claudia
"Cinematic truth for young chefs; for star of the film 'Big Night,' food's just a metaphor." (Stanley Tucci speaks at Culinary Institute of America) The New York Times August 16, 1998 v147 s1 p39(L) col 1 (17 col in)

Schickel, Richard.
"Big Night." (movie reviews) Time v148, n15 (Sept 23, 1996):72.

Simon, John.
"Big Night." (movie reviews) National Review v48, n23 (Dec 9, 1996):65 (2 pages).

"To eat good food is to be close to God"
Migration World Magazine. 1997. Vol. 25, Iss. 3; p. 39 (1 page)
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Tobias, Ruth.
"Mealtime at the Movies: 15 Food Films." World Literature Today, Jan2009, Vol. 83 Issue 1, p40-41, 2p,
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Travers, Peter.
"Big Night." (movie reviews) Rolling Stone, n744 (Oct 3, 1996):78.

The Cook, the Thief, His Wife, and Her Lover

SEE Peter Greenaway Bibliography

Eat Drink Man Woman

See Ang Lee bibliography


Dargis, Manohla.
"Reel to Reel -- Eating directed by Henry Jaglom." The Village Voice. May 7, 1991. Vol. 36, Iss. 19; p. 63

Dutka, Elaine.
"Let's Eat!" Los Angeles Times. Apr 28, 1991. p. CAL18

Hall, Trish
"New movie explores the 'slaves' of food." (Henry Jaglom's "Eating") (Living Arts Pages) The New York Times May 1, 1991 v140 pB1(N) pC1(L) col 1 (19 col in)

Rafferty, Terrence.
"The Current Cinema -- The Ballad of the Sad Cafe directed by Simon Callow / Eating directed by Henry Jaglom." The New Yorker. New York: May 20, 1991. Vol. 67, Iss. 13; p. 99

Salamon, Julie.
"Film: Women Obsessed with Food; '50s Gangsters." Wall Street Journal (Eastern edition). New York, N.Y.: May 9, 1991. p. A12

Shapiro, Laura
"Everybody's got a hungry heart; a new film shines a bright refrigerator light on food - the secret, dark obsession of all women." (new film 'Eating') Newsweek May 13, 1991 v117 n19 p58(2)

Thomas, Kevin.
" 'Eating': Rich Tale of Being Too Thin." Los Angeles Times. Nov 16, 1990. p. F10

Travers, Peter.
"Eating written and directed by Henry Jaglom." Rolling Stone. New York: May 16, 1991. p. 121

Le Grande Bouffe

Bonitzer, Pascal
"L'exp?rience en int?rieur." Cahiers du Cinema nr 247 (July-Aug 1973); p 33-36.
Comparative analysis of three films which divided critical opinion: "Ultimo tango a Parigi", "La grande bouffe" and "La maman et la putain"

Canby, Vincent
"Screen: Ferreri's 'La Grande Bouffe'." New York Times - 1973 Sep 20

Crist, Judith
"La grande bouffe." New York Magazine - 1973 Sep 24

Cocks, Jay
"Weight watchers." Time - 1973 Oct 08 - 1 page

Consumerist Ultimate Indigestion: La Grande Bouffe's Deadly Physiological Pleasures." Bright Lights Films Journal, May 2008 | Issue 60

Gallo, William
"The grande bouffe." Film Heritage - 1974 - 1 page

Gantrel, Martine.
"La Gastronomie francaise au cinema entre 1970 et 1990." The French Review: Journal of the American Association of Teachers of French. 75(4):697-706. 2002 Mar

Gilliatt, Penelope
"La grande bouffe."The New Yorker, - 1973 Sep 24

Gow, Gordon
"Blow out." Films & Filming Vol XX nr 5 (Feb 1974); p 37-38.

"La grande bouffe." The Nation v. 217 (October 15 1973) p. 381-2

Haskell, Molly
"Go guiltless into gluttony." Village Voice - 1973 Oct 04 - 1 page

Hirsch, Foster
"What makes 'The Grande Bouffe' different from a porno movie?" New York Times 1973 Oct 20

Keller, James R.
"Four Little Caligulas: La Grande Bouffe, Consumption and Male Masochism." In: Food, film and culture : a genre study Jefferson, N.C. : McFarland & Co., c2006.
MAIN: PN1995.9.F65 K45 2006)

Kinder, Marsha
"Life and death in the cinema of outrage, or, The Bouffe & the barf." Film Quarterly - 1974
M.K. describes the more outrageous and shocking incidents of "La grande bouffe" and "Sweet movie" while analyzing their meaning.

"Marco Ferreri." [7 article special section].
Cahiers du Cinema no. 515 (July/August 1997) p. 21-50

Poitras, H.
"La grande bouffe." Sequences Vol XIX nr 75 (Jan 1974); p 34-35.

Rayns, Tony
"La grande bouffe." Monthly Film Bulletin - 1974 Feb - 1 page

Taillibert, Christel
"La grande bouffe." CinemAction nr 103 (Mar 2002); p 126-131.
Recalls the controversy surrounding Marco Ferreri's film in 1973.

Thirard, Paul Louis
"La substance du plat."Positif nr 152-153 (July-Aug 1973); p 95-99.

"The unordinary madness of Marco Ferreri." Pacific Film Archive - 1997 Jan - 5 pages - - program note
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Van Gelder, Lawrence
"Marco Ferreri, 68, is dead; directed 'La Grande Bouffe.'" (Obituary) The New York Times May 10, 1997 v146 p18(N) p20(L) col 5 (14 col in)

Viano, Maurizio
"La grande abbuffata = La grande bouffe." In: The cinema of Italy
Edited by Giorgio Bertellini ; [preface by Gian Piero Brunetta]. London ; New York: Wallflower, 2004.
Main: PN1993.5.I88 C5677 2004
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Young, Jean
"La grande bouffe." Film - 1974 Feb - 1 page

Zimmerman, Paul D.
"They ate the whole thing." Newsweek - 1973 Oct 08 - 1 page


Waugh, Thomas
"Home Is Not the Place One Has Left: Or, Masala as 'A Multi-Cultural Culinary Treat'?" In: Canada's best features : critical essays on 15 Canadian films / edited by Eugene P. Walz. Amsterdam : New York, NY : Rodopi, 2002. Cross/cultures ; 56
Main Stack PN1993.5.C2.C35 2002
PFA PN1993.5.C2.C34 2002 os


Abeel, Erica.
"Grapes of Mirth." Film Journal International; Nov2004, Vol. 107 Issue 11, p22-26, 3p,
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Denby, David.
"Drinking and Driving: Alexander Payne's " Sideways"." The New Yorker 80:32 (25 October 2004) p. 96-97
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Heyraud, Joyce King.
"Sideways." Psychological Perspectives, Dec2005, Vol. 48 Issue 2, p339-341, 3p
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Hoffman, Thomas.
"Hysteria in Wine Country." Psychoanalytic Psychology, 23:667-674.

Jacobson, Harlan.
"Movie of the Moment: Sideways." Film Comment, vol. 40, no. 5, pp. 24-27, Sept 2004
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Nystrom, Derek.
"Fear of Falling Sideways: Alexander Payne's Rhetoric of Class." Postmodern Culture 16.1, 2005
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Reitano, Natalie.
"American Squander: Sideways and the Extravagance of Self-Pity." Senses of Cinema vol. 34, pp. (no pagination), Jan 2005

Ruf, Frederick J.
"Sideways." Journal of Religion & Film, Oct2005, Vol. 9 Issue 2, p10-10, 1p
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Turlejski, Dorota M.
"Sideways." Journal of Feminist Family Therapy; 2005, Vol. 17 Issue 1, p81-83

Vanneman, Alan.
"Sideways to Hell, maybe!" Bright Lights, February 2005 | Issue 47

Soul Food

Balthrope, Robin.
"Food as representative of ethnicity and culture in George Tillman's Jr.'s Soul Food, María Ripoll's Tortilla soup, and Tim Reid's Once upon a time when we were colored" In: Reel food : essays on food and film / edited by Anne L. Bower. New York : Routledge, 2004.
Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1995.9.F65 R44 2004

Corliss, Richard
"Soul Food." (movie reviews) Time Oct 13, 1997 v150 n15 p88(1)

Maslin, Janet
"Soul Food." (movie reviews) The New York Times Sept 26, 1997 v147 pB10(N) pE10(L) col 3 (12 col in)

O'Neill, Molly
"Eye candy: naturally, the food you see on film is larger than life." (includes recipes)(Food)(Column) The New York Times Magazine Nov 16, 1997 p149 col 1 (48 col in)

Spencer, Liese
"Soul Food." (movie reviews) Sight and Sound July 1998 v8 n7 p53(2)

Weinraub, Bernard
"Family dinners." (George Tillman's discusses personal experiences that led him to write and produce the movie 'Soul Food') (Weekend)(Column) . The New York Times Sept 19, 1997 v146 n262 pB12(N) pE12(L) col 1 (12 col in)

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