Food and Eating in the Movies












Food/eating as central theme
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Feature Films: Food as Central Theme

American Adobo (Philippines / USA, 2001)
Director, Laurice Guillen. Cast: Christopher de Leon, Dina Bonnevie, Ricky Davao, Cherry Pie Picache, Paolo Montalban, Randy Becker, Keesha Sharp, Gloria Romero. A story of five filipino American friends living in New York City, conflicted with their life choices and destinies, as they party away - sharing laughs, secrets, recipes and romance. An uniquely American story about what it means to be an immigrant in a land where it seems everyone is searching for an identity. 103 min. DVD 1656
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Ape
Animated short. Directed by Julie Zammarchi. A grouchy, married couple battle daily over their nightly dinner of cooked, whole monkey. vhs 999:3477

Babette's Feast (Babettes gæstebud) (Denmark, 1987)
Directed by Gabriel Axel. Cast: Stephane Audran, Bodil Kjer, Brigitte Federspiel, Jarl Kulle, Jean Philippe Lafant, Bibi Andersson, Henning Kristiansen Dee. On the desolate coast of Denmark, two elderly, religious women take in a young woman to be their housekeepr and cook, not knowing she is a superb French chef. When the chef, Babette, wins a large sum of money, she decides to spend it all creating a magnificent meal for the simple villagers. Based on a story by Isak Dineson. In Danish and French, with English subtitles. 102 min. DVD 5512; vhs 999:1468
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Awards
Academy Award - Foreign Language Film
British Academy of Film and Television Arts Awards - Best Foreign-language Film

Big Night (1978)
Directed by Stanley Tucci and Campbell Scott. The story of two brothers whose Italian restaurant is on the brink of bankruptcy. Their only chance for success is to risk everything they own on an extravagant feast for bandleader Louis Prima. But their big night is complicated by a lovers' triangle, a sneaky restaurant rival, and the hilarious perfectionism of chef Primo. 109 min. DVD 8352; vhs 999:1928
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The Big Swallow (1901)
Williamson's Kinematograph Co. "One of the earliest of all British fantasy films is entitled The Big Swallow. Made around 1901 by James Williamson, it shows a gentleman infuriated to find himself being photographed, who advances on the camera, opens his mouth as wide as the screen - and swallows both camera and operator whole. If cinema itself is a kind of consumption, hoovering up reality and feeding it to us in bite-sized chunks, then it seems strange that so little attention has been paid to the filming of the food process." [from 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] DVD 1097; vhs 999:1007

Bottle Shock (2008)
Directed by Randall Miller. Cast: Alan Rickman, Chris Pine, Bill Pullman, Rachael Taylor, Freddy Rodríguez, Dennis Farina, Eliza Dushku. Napa Valley, 1976. For connoisseur Steven Spurrier, there is no finer art than French wine. But rumors bandy about of a new California wine country that holds the future of the vine. Positive the small Napa wineries are no match for established French vintages, Spurrier challenges the Americans to a blind taste test. He finds the valley full of ambitious, and talented, novice vinters like Jim Barrett and his son Bo and realizes his publicity stunt may change the history of wine forever. Special features: Commentary by Randall Miller, Jody Savin, Ross Schwartz, Lannette Pabon, Chris Pine, J. Todd Harris, Bill Pullman & Eliza Dushku; "An underdog's journey:" the making of Bottle shock; "Chateau Montelena:" one winery's search for excellence; deleted scenes; trailer. 108 min. DVD X1113
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Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005)
Directed by Tim Burton. Cast: Johnny Depp, Freddie Highmore, David Kelly, Helena Bonham Carter, Noah Taylor, Missi Pyle, James Fox, Deep Roy, Christopher Lee. Charlie and five others draw golden tickets from Wonka chocolate bars and win a guided tour of the legendary candy factory that no outsider has seen in 15 years. Dazzled by one amazing sight after another, Charlie is drawn into Wonka's fantastic world. Based on the novel by Roald Dahl. 115 min. DVD 4748
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Chef!
Cast: Lenny Henry, Caroline Lee Johnson, Roger Griffiths with special guests. British sit-com of Gareth Blackstock, the "finest" chef in England, possibly the world, who rules the kitchen of Le Chateau Anglais, the most upscale French restaurant in England. Personnel: Although Gareth rules his kitchen with a will as hard as an iron skillet, he may be soft when it comes to sacking anyone. Beyond the pass: The struggling restaurant may be turned over to creditors...worse yet, a diner asks for salt! Subject to contract: There's a secret ingredient in today's menu when a prep assistant loses an adhesive bandage somewhere in the meal. Videocassette release of three episodes of the BBC television show broadcast in 1993. Video/C 9703

Chef!: A Second Helping
Cast: Lenny Henry, Caroline Lee Johnson, Roger Griffiths with special guests. A British sit-com of Gareth Blackstock, the "finest" chef in England, possibly the world, who rules the kitchen of Le Chateau Anglais, the most upscale French restaurant in England. Big cheese: All statuses are quo in the kitchen: it's a madhouse, especially when Chef Gareth gets ready for the arrival of an eminent restaurateur. Fame is the spur: A little TV-publicity can't hurt the restaurant but no one expects the cameras to be rolling when a prep assistant lets live crayfish escape. Rice and peas: Bumbling prep assistant Everton gets a chance to shine when the restaurant plans a special Jamaican menu. Videocassette release of three episodes of the BBC television show broadcast in 1994. 87 min. Video/C 9704

A Chef In Love (Mille et une recettes du cuisinier amoureux; Shekvarebuli kulinaris ataserti retsepti) (France / Georgia / Ukraine / Belgium, 1997)
Director, Nana Djordjadze. Cast: Pierre Richard, Micheline Presle, Nino Kirtadze Jean-Yves Gautier, Temour Kamkhadze. French chef Pascal Ichac travels to pre-Soviet Georgia to collect recipes. What he finds is a movable feast of food, music and festivals, along with an adventuresome travel companion, the princess Cecilia. But their romantic idyll is soon threatened by the barbarism of the Russian revolution. 100 min. vhs 999:3517
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Keller, James R. "A Chef in Love: The Fable of a Communist and Culinary Re-Evolution." In: Food, film and culture : a genre study Jefferson, N.C. : McFarland & Co., c2006. (MAIN: PN1995.9.F65 K45 2006)

The Chinese Feast (Jin yu man tang) (Hong Kong, 1995)
Directd by Tsui Hark. Cast: Kenny Bee, Leslie Cheung, Anita Yuen. Kit is a gangster looking to start a new life as a chef in Canada, so he can be closer to his girlfriend. But in his struggle to learn the fine art of cuisine, he runs across a red-headed beauty who will change his plans, and soon finds himself off in search of the retired master who can teach him how to win in the ultimate cooking challenge. 110 min. DVD 1792
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Chocolat (UK / USA, 2000)
Directed by Lasse Hallstrom. Cast: Juliette Binoche, Judi Dench, Alfred Molina, Lena Olin, Johnny Depp. When a single mother and her young daughter move to rural France and open a chocolate shop - with Sunday hours - across the street from the local church, they are met with some resistance from the rigidly moral community. But as soon as the townspeople discover their delicious products, their attitudes begin to change. 122 min. DVD 1745
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Christmas in Connecticut(1945)
Directed by Peter Godfrey. Cast: Barbara Stanwyck, Dennis Morgan, Sydney Greenstreet, Reginald Gardiner, S. Z. Sakall, Robert Shayne. "Smart housekeeping" columnist Elizabeth Lane's publisher, Sydney Greenstreet, invites himself and a handsome war hero to her fictitious Connecticut home for Christmas. Lane quickly rounds up a cottage, husband, baby and cook before the guests arrive, but real trouble begins when 'married' Lane begins to fall in love with engaged navy man Jones. Notable is the film's "delightful focus on food. Everyone seems to be either eating or talking about food here, from Jeff and his pal detailing the meals they can't wait to eat once they get out of the hospital, to the rotund Yardley's total dismissal of the concept of diet while at the farm, to Felix arguing over cooking and use of the farm's kitchen with the cook, Nora (Una O'Connor: Cavalcade). Christmas in Connecticut is so unrepentant and downright brazen in its love of food that it seems practically sinful from our point of view today, when denying the sensuous pleasures of food is supposedly a virtue." [quoted from the Film Filosopher] 102 min. DVD X913
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Combination Platter (1993)
Directed by Tony Chan. Robert is an illegal Chinese immigrant living in America and working as a waiter in a Chinese restaurant. In desperate need of a Green Card, he sets out to arrange a fake marriage with an American woman. Winner of Best Screenplay, 1993 Sundance Film Festival. DVD X890; vhs 999:1639
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Andrews, David. 'Combination Platter': take one restaurant, add salt and spice. (Tony Chan's first feature film) New York Times v143, sec2 (Sun, Oct 31, 1993):H18(N), pH18(L), col 5, 20 col in.
Maslin, Janet. Combination Platter. (movie reviews) New York Times v142 (Sat, March 27, 1993):12(N), 11(L), col 3, 11 col in.; v143 (Thu, Nov 4, 1993):C22(L), col 1, 9 col in.

Conspirators of Pleasure (Spiklenci slasti) (Czech Republic / Switzerland / UK, 1963)
Director, Jan Svankmajer. "Conspirators of Pleasure" is a partially animated, surreal comedy without dialog, about six ordinary if somewhat seedy individuals who obsessively and painstakingly prepare their sexual "feasts" which usually involve bizarre, homemade autoerotic contraptions. Food: features grey-suited men as human vending machines, a couple at diner devouring a restaurant, and a tour of a canabalistic banquet. 97 min. DVD 1674
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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.

Consuming Passions (UK, 1988)
Directed by Giles Foster. Cast: Vanessa Redgrave, Jonathan Pryce, Tyler Butterworth, Freddie Jones, Prunella Scales. At his new job at Butterworth Chocolates, Mr. Farris accidentally knocks several workers into a mixing vat, the contents of which are then sent to market. When reviews of the company's new candy come back, they are overwhelmingly negative, except for the areas that received the 'special ingredient'. Farris soon finds himself assigned the task of obtaining more of the ingredient to satisfy the nation's sweet tooth. 98 min. vhs 999:3525
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The Cook (1918)
Directed by Roscoe Arbuckle. Cast: Roscoe "Fatty" Arbuckle, Buster Keaton, Al St. John, Alice Lake. Fatty plays a chef who comes to the aid of a pretty cashier, while emerging star Keaton is a comical waiter. DVD 1609

Cook in Trouble (Sorcellerie culinaire) (France, 1904)
Directed by Georges Méliès. A cook has his hands full with three mischievous devils, who pop in and out of his kitchen. 4 min. DVD 1099; also vhs 999:1009 and vhs 999:610

The Cook the Thief His Wife & Her Lover (France / Netherlands / UK, 1989)
Directed by Peter Greenaway Cast: Richard Bohringer, Michael Gambon, Helen Mirren, Alan Howard, Tim Roth, Liz Smith. A modern fable and political satire on the Thatcher years in Britain set at Le Hollandais, a gourmet restaurant. The wife of a barbaric crime boss engages in a secretive romance with a gentle bookseller between meals at her husband's restaurant, all observed by the cook. This nightly display of opulence, decadence and gluttony leads to murder, torture and revenge. DVD 609; vhs 999:2859
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Delicatessen (France, 1991)
Directors, Jean-Pierre Jeunet, Marc Caro. Cast: Dominique Pino, Marie-Laure Dougnac, Jean-Claude Dreyfus, Karin Viard. In this futuristic comedy, set in a starving, post-holocaust France, a butcher keeps his customers supplied by his cannibalistic tendencies. But when his daughter falls in love with a circus performer, only an underground band of vegetarian freedom fighters can save her beloved from the meat cleaver. 100 min. DVD 5505; also DVD 2648 (PAL, 95 min.)
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Claflin, Kyri Watson. "Jean-Pierre Jeunet and Marc Caro's Delicatessen: an ambiguous memory, an ambivalent meal." 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)
Cubitt, Sean. "Delicatessen: Eco-Apocalypse in the New French Science Fiction Cinema." In: Aliens R us : the other in science fiction cinema / edited by Ziauddin Sardar and Sean Cubitt. London ; Sterling, Va. : Pluto Press, 2002. (Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1995.9.S26 A45 2002)
Hayes, Graeme. "Replaying history as farce: postmodernism and the construction of Vichy in Delicatessen." Modern & Contemporary France, May99, Vol. 7 Issue 2, p197, 11p UC users only
Thorne, Christian. "The Revolutionary Energy of the Outmoded." October; Spring2003, Issue 104, p97, 18p UC users only

Diner (1982)
Directed by Barry Levinson. Cast: Steve Guttenberg, Daniel Stern, Mickey Rourke, Kevin Bacon, Timothy Daly, Ellen Barkin, Paul Reiser. Set in 1959, a group of long-time buddies since high school gather in a local diner to share their escapades and make sense of their lives. As one by one they drift off to join the mainstream of life they still cling to their shared boyhood dreams. Special features DVD X2897: Behind-the-scenes documentary "Diner : on the flip side," introduction featuring writer/director Barry Levinson and the film's stars ; theatrical trailers. 110 min. DVD X2897; also DVD X368
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Levinson, Barry. Levinson on Levinson / edited by David Thompson. London; Boston: Faber and Faber, 1992. (Main Stack PN1998.3.L48.A3 1992)
Poole, Gaye. "Diners and Cafés." In: Reel meals, set meals : food in film and theatre. pp: 140-150. Sydney: Currency Press, 1999. (UCB Main PN1995.9.F65 P66 1999)

Dinner Game (Le Diner de Cons) (France, 1998)
Director, Francis Veber. Cast: Jacques Villeret, Thierry Lhermitte, Frances Huster, Alexandra Vandernoot, Daniel Prevost, Catherine Frot. Pierre and his snobbish friends have a standing date for dinner. Every week, they compete to see who can bring the biggest idiot to the party. 80 min. DVD 3631
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Dinner Rush (2000)
Directed by Bob Giraldi. Cast: Danny Aiello, Edoardo Ballerini, Vivian Wu, Mike McGlone, Kirk Acevedo, Sandra Bernhard, John Corbett. At New York's hottest restaurant, things are really heating up. Owner and bookie Louis Cropa lost a friend to a mob hit and now his chef's gambling problem has brought the unwelcome mobsters into their restaurant. 97 min. DVD 1694
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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. (MAIN: PN1995.9.F65 K45 2006)

Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie (Le charme discret de la bourgeoisie) (France / Italy / Spain, 1972)
Directed by Luis Bunuel. An all-star French cast assembles for an elegant dinner party, but whenever they try to eat, something happens to interrupt them. Mixes biting social satire with bold surrealistic invention as the dinner party serves to lampoon such targets as diplomats, wealthy socialites and even radical terrorists. 100 min. DVD 445; vhs 999:78
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Eat Drink Man Woman (Yinshi nan nu) (Taiwan / USA,1994)
Directed by Ang Lee. "This film by director Ang Lee looks at the relationship between a Chinese widower and his three daughters. The main character, Chef Chu, is one of Taiwan's most respected chefs. An early scene shows him rushing to his restaurant to deal with a crisis during a wedding banquet for the Governor's of Taiwan's son. Only Chu is able to avert disaster. But while food has brought him status in the outside world, it fails to gain him the respect of his three grown daughters. Each Sunday he prepares an elaborate dinner, only to watch his daughters pick dispiritedly at the food. Food is used to demonstrate the main themes of the film. Early on we learn the father has lost his taste for food, which symbolizes the fact that both father and daughters have lost their taste for life. Food is also used to illustrate the shift in values between generations - the opening scenes move from the father's extensive dinner preparations to one daughter's job at a fast food restaurant. But all turns out well in the end, as the father regains both his sense of taste and his passion for living, while his daughters all find love." [from Rhonda Parkinson's Chinese Food in the Movies] 124 min. DVD 1321; vhs 999:1494
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Eat the Rich (UK, 1987)
Directed by Peter Richardson. Cast: Ronald Allen, Sandra Dorne, Jimmy Fagg, Lemmy, Lanah Pellay, Nosher Powell, Fiona Richmond, Ron Tarr. A trendy London restaurant is suddenly taken over by maniacal subversives. Surly but sensitive waiter Alex has assembled a small band to join the people's uprising, while suave Commander Fortune, a Soviet double agent, and his sidekick Spider, are plotting the downfall of the second in command to the Prime Minister. 92 min. DVD X4232; vhs 999:3491
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Eating (1990)
Directed by Henry Jaglom. Cast: Nelly Alard, Lisa Richards, Frances Bergen, Mary Crosby, Gwen Welles, Elizabeth Kemp, Marina Gregory, Daphna Kastner, Marlena Giovi, Beth Grant, Taryn Power, Catherine Genender, Hildy Brooks, Jacquelin Woolsey, Sherry Boucher-Lytle, Savannah Boucher-Smith, Aloma Ichinose, Toni Basil. At a fashionable birthday party in Southern California, a parade of women playfully mingle and muse on their body image hang-ups, eating disorders, relationships, and a conformist society obsessed with beauty. For these partygoers, even their untouched slices of cake provide insight into the love-hate relationship between femmes and food. A hilarious and thought-provoking smorgasbord of "biting" observation about women, love, neuroses, and the food that binds them all. 110 min. DVD X4401; vhs 999:1489
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Eating Raoul (1982)
Directed by Paul Bartel. Cast: Mary Woronov, Paul Bartel, Robert Beltran, Ed Begley, Jr., Buck Henry. Paul and Mary live in an apartment complex in L.A. that is being mistaken for a swingers establishment. One day Paul finds Mary fighting off a swinger and hits him with a frying pan. Their dreams of running a small restaurant seem to be in jeopardy until they decide how to culinarily dispose of the body. 83 min. DVD 2574
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Corliss, R. "Eating Raoul." Time v. 120 (October 4 1982) p. 82
Bartel, P. "Paul Bartel's guilty pleasures." {Eating Raoul}. Film Comment v. 18 (September/October 1982) p. 60-2
"Eating Raoul." Film Comment v. 17 (July/August 1981) p. 6+
Kroll, J. "Eating Raoul." Newsweek v. 100 (October 11 1982) p. 103

The Exterminating Angel (El Angel Exterminador) (Mexico, 1962).
Directed by Luis Bunuel. The guests at a dinner party are held prisoner for several days without food, water or other essentials in a room in their host's house. 92 min. DVD X1134; vhs 999:242
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Fast Food Nation (2006)
Director, Richard Linklater. Cast: Patricia Arquette, Bobby Cannavale, Paul Dano, Luis Guzman, Ethan Hawke, Ashley Johnson, Greg Kinnear, Kris Kristofferson, Avril Lavigne, Esai Morales, Catalina Sandino Moreno, Lou Taylor Pucci, Ana Claudia Talancón, Wilmer Valderrama, Bruce Willis. When a marketing executive for a huge burger chain finds a nasty secret ingredient in their burger recipe, he goes to the ranches and slaughterhouses of Colorado to investigate and finds that the truth is sometimes difficult to swallow. An ensemble drama examining the health issues and social consequences of America's love affair with fast food. A fictionalized adaptation of the book: Fast food nation, the dark side of the all-American meal / by Eric Schlosser (Bioscience & Natural Resources TX715 .S2968 2001; Bioscience & Natural Resources; Business & Economics TX715 .S2968 2001) Special features: Optional audio commentary by Linklater and Schlosser; "The manufacturing of 'Fast food nation'" (2007, 55 min., a documentary by Kevin Ford, produced by Ann Carli, photography/editing, Kevin Ford, all music by Skiesfalling, [a production of] RPC Coyote); 4 short flash animation films ("The meatrix", "The meatrix II : revolting", "The meatrix II 1/2", ["The backwards hamburger"], 15 min. total); photo gallery. 113 min. DVD X2467

Amato, Rebecca; Hamid, Rahul. "The Business of Dinner: An Interview with Robert Kenner." Cineaste; Summer2009, Vol. 34 Issue 3, p38-41, 4p UC users only
Hoskin, Dave. "Dissent with Fries: Fast Food Nation." Screen Education, 2006, Issue 44, p24-28, 5p UC users only
Johnson, David T. "Directors on Adaptation: A Conversation with Richard Linklater." Literature Film Quarterly, 2007, Vol. 35 Issue 1, p338-341, 4p UC users only
Klawans, Stewart. "Unhappy Meal." Nation; 12/18/2006, Vol. 283 Issue 21, p50-52, 3p UC users only
Johnson, David T. "Directors on Adaptation: A Conversation with Richard Linklater." Literature Film Quarterly, 2007, Vol. 35 Issue 1, p338-341, 4p UC users only
Nelson, Rob. "Richard Linklater: Grazed and Abused." Mother Jones; Nov/Dec2006, Vol. 31 Issue 6, p90-91, 2p UC users only
Smith, Gavin. "Lost in America." Film Comment; Jul/Aug2006, Vol. 42 Issue 4, p26-30, 5p UC users only

Felicia's Journey (Canada / UK, 1996)
Director, Atom Egoyan. Cast: Bob Hoskins, Elaine Cassidy, Arsinee Khanjian, Peter McDonald, Gerard McSorley. "Joseph... is a catering manager at a large factory where he is known only as Mr. Hilditch. He is passionate about his work, dedicated to providing people with good food prepared with care. Food is also important in his private life. Each night, the middle-aged bachelor cooks elaborate formal dinners for his solitary enjoyment, working from videotapes of a 1950s cooking show, meticulously adhering to the instructions of the glamorous French hostess. Using china, crystal and silver, he takes his meals in the formal dining room of his big house. Like his meals, Hilditch's home decor dates from the 1950s, as does the green Morris Minor he drives and the music he listens to." [from londonfoodfiesta] Hilditch befriends a young woman, Felicia, who has come to town searching for her boyfriend. She is attracted to the seemingly harmless and extremely helpful Hilditch, trusting him and entering his life, only to discover too late that she is not the first woman that he has taken in. 116 min. DVD 723
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Gruben, Patricia. "Look but Don't Touch: Visual and Tactile Desire in Exotica, The Sweet Hereafter, and Felicia's Journey." In: Image and territory : essays on Atom Egoyan / Monique Tschofen and Jennifer Burwell, editors. Waterloo, Ont. : Wilfrid Laurier University Press, c2007. (Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1998.3.E334 I43 2007)
Holohan, Conn. "Dreaming of home: migrant spaces in Felicia's Journey." Irish Studies Review, Feb2011, Vol. 19 Issue 1, p87-97, 11p UC users only
Lefebvre, Martin. "Conspicuous Consumption: The Figure of the Serial Killer as Cannibal in the Age of Capitalism." Theory, Culture & Society, vol. 22, no. 3, pp. 43-62, 2005 June UC users only
Porton, Richard. "The Politics of Denial: An Interview with Atom Egoyan." Cineaste, vol. 25, no. 1, pp. 39-41, 1999. UC users only
Romney, Jonathan. "Felicia's Journey.(Review)." Sight and Sound 9.10 (Oct 1999): 34(3).
St. Peter, Christine. "Consuming Pleasures: Felicia's Journey in Fiction and Film." Colby Quarterly, vol. 38, no. 3, pp. 329-39, September 2002.
Zlotnick-Woldenberg, Carrie. Felicia's Journey: An Object-Relational Study of Psychopathy." American Journal of Psychotherapy, 2001, Vol. 55 Issue 1, p40, 11p UC users only

Food of the Gods (1976)
Directed by Bert I. Gordon. Cast: Marjoe Gortner, Pamela Franklin, Ralph Meeker, Jon Cypher, Belinda Balaski, Tom Stovall, Ida Lupino. A mysterious substance is oozing from the ground. A farmer sees that it acts as a growth hormone and thinks his fortune is made. But when rats, chickens, worms and wasps begin sampling the potent substance, they morph into bloodthirsty giants. Morgan and his friends are on a hunting trip when they are attacked by a swarm of giant wasps, and as they try to escape they discover that the entire island is crawling with oversized animals. Based on the horror novel by H.G. Wells. 88 min. DVD 8752
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Fried Green Tomatoes (1991)
Director, Jon Avnet. Cast: Kathy Bates, Jessica Tandy, Mary Stuart Masterson, Mary-Louise Parker, Cicely Tyson. A chance encounter in a nursing home leads to an unexpected friendship between a dowdy housewife and a spry octagenarian who tells her the story of a fiercely independent woman half a century ago, inspiring the housewife to change her life, often with hilarious results. "A story told in flashback about lasting female friendship and the specifically unusual food the main characters serve while running a café together. A slice of southern culture, with plenty of heartbreak and cultural oddities, that revolves around the preparation, serving, and consumption of food. Based on the novel by Flagg and the Ironside Caféin Birmingham, Alabama, where fried green tomatoes are a menu staple and the secret, apparently, "is in the sauce."" [from Gastronomica: Food in Film] 137 min. DVD 1711
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From Soup to Nuts (1928)
Director, Edgar Kennedy. Cast: Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy. The newly rich Mrs. Culpepper, eager to make an impression in high society, has planned a big dinner party. Her husband is less than enthusiastic, but her worst problem is that the two waiters whom she has hired turn out to be clumsy and inexperienced bumblers. 137 min. DVD 369; DVD X306
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Fun in a Bakery Shop (1902)
Directed by Edwin S. Porter. "Shows a bake shop and baker at work. A rat runs along the floor and climbs up one of the flour barrels. The baker spies the rat, seizes a handful of dough, throws it at him, completely covering his body and sticking him fast to the barrel. The baker then begins making busts of different celebrities, such as Buffalo Bill, Admiral Schley, and others. It is marvelous to see how quickly a face is formed out of the pliable dough. Finally he makes a very comical Irishman with cocked hat, clay pipe, and Donegal whiskers. By one twist of the dough the Irishman's face is changed from a broad smile to an expression of disgust. Two Irish bakers now appear on the scene, seize the offender and dip him into a barrel of flour. When drawn out, he is completely covered with the white meal, but having filled his mouth with flour, he blows it into the eyes of the two bakers, who fall to the floor in a heap." DVD 644; vhs 999:1021
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Gordo (2006)
Directed by Vince Navarro. Cast: Harold Cannon, Hannah Cordero, Cesar Deniz. Jorge 'Gordo' Fuentes, a hard-working, gifted taco maker from Mexico leaves his wildly popular taco stand and travels to America where he hopes to establish a successful Mexican restaurant in order to earn enough money to bring his family up north. Gordo arrives in California where he stays with his cousin Joel who recognizes Gordo's taco talent and lands him a job at the local franchise of Cinco de Taco, a national food chain. Appalled at how the chain makes tacos, Gordo sneaks his own ingredients into the fast food restaurant and prepares tacos the way he did in Mexico... 26 min. DVD X6989
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Le Grande Bouffe (France / Italy, 1973)
Directed by Marco Ferreri. Cast: Marcello Mastroianni, Michel Piccoli, Philippe Noiret, Ugo Tognazzi, Andrea Ferreol, Solange Florence, Blondeau Giorgetti, Michele Alexandre, Monique Chaumette. Four world-weary middle-aged men decide to gorge themselves to death in one final orgiastic weekend full of gourmet food, call girls, and a hefty, lusty schoolteacher. Special DVD feature: Excerpt from the documentary "Marco Ferreri: the director who came from the future." 130 min. DVD X1672
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The Great Chef (aka Peking Restaurant) (Bukkyeong banjeom) (South Korea, 1999)
Directed by Kim Ui Seok. Cast: Shin Gu, Myung Se Bin, Jeong Woong In. Han-kook Yang is the son of a Korean restaurant entrepreneur. When the once-popular Peking Restaurant is forced to close it's doors, Yang rounds up the former employees, restores the restaurant to it's original glory, and sets about making it's signature spicy sauce noodle dish the talk of the town. 95 min. DVD X3478
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How Tasty Was My Little Frenchman (Como Era Gostoso o Meu Francês) (Brazil, 1971)
Directed Nelson Pereira dos Santos. In the coastal wilds of 16th-century Brazil, a French soldier is captured by a tribe of man-eating Indians. He strives to learn the ways of the tribe, hoping to figure out a way to avoid his prescribed fate of being the main course of a ceremonial dinner. "A Brazilian feature with modernist touches of the country's Cinea Novo movement (defined by Glauber Rochas' 1965 discussion of the "aesthetics of hunger"), this fictional yet ethnographically aspirational film steps back to the 1500s when the French and Portuguese battled over New World territory. When local Tupinamba Indians capture a French explorer, they set about preparing a ritualistic meal in which they will consume him, and thereby, according to legend, appropriate his strength. Cannibalism combats colonialism, although the historical accuracy of this practice within this tribe hasn't been verified. A charming work despite serious social and political themes." [from Gastronomica: Food in Film]80 min. DVD 8152; vhs 999:1335
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Davis, Darien J. ""Hans Staden"; "How Tasty Was My Little Frenchman." American Historical Review; 2001, Vol. 106 Issue 2, p695-697, 3p UC users only
Greenwald, Rachel T. "Models of Identity Exploration in Film: A Letter without Words and How Tasty Was My Little Frenchman." Radical History Review, Spring2002, Issue 83, p175, 5p UC users only
Pena, Richard. "How Tasty Was My Little Frenchman." In: Brazilian cinema / Randal Johnson and Robert Stam, editors. New York : Columbia University Press, c1995. (Main (Gardner) Stacks; PFA PN1993.5.B6 B7 1995)
Sadlier, Darlene. "The Politics of Adaptation: How Tasty Was My Little Frenchman." In: Film adaptation / edited and with an introduction by James Naremore. New Brunswick, N.J. : Rutgers University Press, c2000. (Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1997.85 .F55 2000)
Young, Theodore Robert. "You Are What You Eat: Tropicalismo and How Tasty Was My Little Frenchman." In: A twice-told tale : reinventing the encounter in Iberian/Iberian American literature and film / edited by Santiago Juan-Navarro and Theodore Robert Young. Newark : University of Delaware Press ; London ; Cranbury, NJ : Associated University Presses, c2001. (Main (Gardner) Stacks PQ7081.A1 T85 2001)

Julie & Julia (2009)
Directed by Nora Ephron. Cast: Meryl Streep, Amy Adams, Stanley Tucci, Chris Messina, Linda Emond, Mary Lynn Rajskub, Jane Lynch, Frances Sternhagen, Helen Carey, Deborah Rush, Joan Juliet Buck, Vanessa Ferlito, Casey Wilson, Jillian Bach. A culinary legend provides a frustrated office worker with a new recipe for life in this true story of how Julia Child's life and cookbook "Mastering the Art of French Cooking" inspired fledgling writer Julie Powell to whip up 524 recipes in 365 days and introduce a new generation to the magic of French cooking. Based on the book "Julie & Julia" by Julie Powell and "My life in France" by Julia Child with Alex Prud'Homme. Special features: Commentary with writer/director Nora Ephron (optional English subtitled commentary); "Secret ingredients: creating Julie & Julia" featurette. 123 min.DVD X2429
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Awards

Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards - Best Actress (Meryl Streep)
Golden Globes - Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy (Meryl Streep)
New York Film Critics Circle Awards - Best Actress (Meryl Streep)
San Francisco Film Critics Circle - Best Actress (Meryl Streep)

Kitchen Confidential(TV, 2005)
Cast: Bradley Cooper, Nicholas Brendon, John Francis Daley, Jaime King, Bonnie Somerville, Owain Yeoman. Contains all episodes of the television series in which a New York City chef, who is also a novelist, recounts his experiences in the restaurant business, and exposes abuses of power, sexual promiscuity, drug use, and other secrets of life behind kitchen doors. 325 min. DVD 7822
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Kitchen Stories (Salmer fra kjokkenet)(Norway / Sweden, 2003)
Director, Bent Hamer. An observer from the Swedish Home Research Institute is sent to study the kitchen habits of an elderly bachelor in postwar Norway. The researcher's objectivity is potentially compromised by his growing friendship with the old farmer. 91 min. DVD 3022
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Last Bottle in the World (UK, TV, 1979-1980)
Sophie Kassoulas and her wine importer uncle Charles recall a past incident when her lover, Max, editor of a wine magazine, asked Charles what he thought was the finest of all vintages. Charles nominated an 1864 Bordeaux claret for its rarity - it was quite simply the last remaining bottle in the world. Sophie's millionaire husband Kyros bought it for ten thousand pounds with which to celebrate their wedding anniversary but he was wise to her affair with Max who, along with Charles, was invited to the anniversary party for Kyros to demonstrate his revenge. DVD X2254

Life is Sweet (UK, 1990)
Director, Mike Leigh. Cast: Cagdas Bozkurt, Leroy Delmar, Nazmi Kirik, Necmettin Cobanoglu, Naci Ozarslan, Susanna Rozkosny, Sunay Girisken, Thomas Ebermann. Just north of London live Wendy, Andy, and their twenty-something twins, Natalie and Nicola. Wendy clerks in a shop, leads aerobics at a primary school, jokes like a vaudevillian, agrees to waitress at a friend's new restaurant and dotes on Andy, a cook who forever puts off home remodeling projects, and with a drunken friend, buys a broken down lunch wagon. Natalie, with short neat hair and a snappy, droll manner, is a plumber; she has a holiday planned in America, but little else. Last is Nicola, odd man out: a snarl, big glasses, cigarette, mussed hair, jittery fingers, bulimic, jobless, and unhappy. How they interact and play out family conflict and love is the film's subject. 103 min. DVD X6790
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Like Water for Chocolate (Como Agua Para Chocolate)(Mexico, 1992)
Directed by Alfonso Arau. Based on the novel by Laura Esquivel. Romantic fantasy set in the early 20th century about a young couple blocked from marrying by the demands of her cold and selfish mother. To be near his love the young man marries her sister, and she expresses her passion for him through her cooking. 105 min. DVD 194; vhs 999:1188
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Luncheon (UK, TV, 1979-1980)
Author Tony Medway is thrilled to receive a phone call from Susan Mandeville, inviting him to a restaurant to discuss making a film of his book. Susan is married to an influential film producer and the deal could make Tony's fortune. Unfortunately, the restaurant of Susan's choice, Blundell's, is very expensive. Tony has budgeted himself to have a fairly inexpensive and minimal meal but Susan keeps going for items he can barely afford. Never mind, it will all come right because of her husband, won't it? Assuming he still is her husband. DVD X2259

Macbeth (Shakespeare Retold) (2005)
Director: Mark Brozel. Cast: James McAvoy, Keeley Hawes, Richard Armitage. A modern television remake of the Shakespeare's Macbeth transposed to the enclosed and passionate world of a top restaurant kitchen. Full of ambition, hierarchy, debauchery and ruthlessness... 87 min. DVD 8788
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A Matter of Taste (Une Affaire de Gout) (France, 1999)
Directed by Bernard Rapp. Cast: Bernard Giraudeau, Jean-Pierre Lorit, Florence Thomassin. Frederic Delamont, a wealthy businessman, hires Nicolas, a young waiter, to be his personal food taster--with escalating stakes. Delamont's shrewd, bizarre plan is to make Nicolas into a counterpart so sensitive that he can anticipate and share all of his employer's exact tastes. 88 min. DVD 1703
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Noh, David "A Director of Taste: France's Bernard Rapp Concocts a Psychological Tale of Manipulation." Film Journal International, vol. 104, no. 9, pp. 24-28, Sept 2001

Mid-August Lunch (Pranzo di Ferragosto) (Italy, 2008)
Directed by Gianni Di Gregorio. Cast: Alfonso Santagata, Gianni Di Gregorio, Valeria De Franciscis. A middle-aged man living with his elderly mother finds the best way to pay for their debts is to take care of the building manager's mother during the biggest festival of the year. Soon he finds himself with not two but four mothers to keep fed and happy. Special features: "A visit with the cast": director and star Gianni Di Gregorio travels Rome to catch with the film's actresses; video interview with Di Gregorio; selected recipes of the mouth-watering dishes featured in the film. 75 min. DVD X4691
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Bonsaver, Guido. "Mid-August Lunch." Sight & Sound, Sep2009, Vol. 19 Issue 9, p75-76, 2p UC users only
Johnson, William. "Pathways and Detours." Film Quarterly, Summer2010, Vol. 63 Issue 4, p10-11, 2p UC users only

Mistress of Spices. (USA / UK, 2005)
Directed by Paul Mayeda Berges. Cast: Aishwarya Rai, Dylan McDermott, Nitin Ganatra, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Caroline Chikezie, Anupam Kher. Tilo is an immigrant from India, and a shopkeeper, who is also the "Mistress of Spices." The spices which she gives to her customers help them to satisfy their needs and desires. But then her life changes when she "breaks all the rules" by falling in love with Doug, an American man. Based on the novel by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni. 95 min. DVD 8106
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Khushu-Lahiri, Rajyashree; Rao, Shweta. "India on a Platter: A Study of Gurinder Chadha and Paul Mayed Berges's Cinematic Adaptation of The Mistress of Spices" Postcolonial Text, vol. 4, no. 2, pp. [13 pages], 2008
Stables, Kate. "The Mistress of Spices." Sight & Sound, June 2006, Vol. 16 Issue 6, p62-63, 2p UC users only

Mostly Martha (Bella Martha) (Italy / Germany / Austria / Switzerland, 2001)
Directed by Sandra Nettelbeck. Cast: Martina Gedeck, Maxime Foerste, August Zirner, Ulrich Thomsen, Sibylle Canonica, Katja Studt, Idil Uner, Sergio Castellitto. Martha is the chef who fusses and obsesses over each dish before it leaves the kitchen. The demands of her job and her natural shyness keep her from meeting new people. When her sister suddenly dies and Martha adopts Lina, her eight-year-old niece, she finds unexpected help from Mario, Martha's hunky new sous chef, who is not only a whiz on the chopping block but knows sundry magic tricks and jokes to keep Lina's spirits afloat. Just as Martha starts to grow attached to the girl, Lina's erratic father shows up demanding that he take her back to Italy with him. 107 min. DVD 1657
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Keller, James R. "Mostly Martha: Appe/type and Stereo/tite." In: Food, film and culture : a genre study Jefferson, N.C. : McFarland & Co., c2006. (MAIN: PN1995.9.F65 K45 2006)
Novero, Cecilia. "German Cinema: Bella Martha's Recipe For Contemporary Film'." Food And Foodways, 12:1, 27 - 52, 2004 UC users only

My Dinner with Andre (1981)
Directed by Louis Malle. Cast: Andre Gregory, Wallace Shawn. Two friends, an intense, experimental theater director and a down-to-earth actor, reveal their contrasting assumptions about love, death, art and man's continuing quest for self-fulfillment during a dinner discussion that contrasts intensity with quiet humor. Although food is definitely not in the forefront of this film, Wally Shawn's discourse on the joys of cold coffee in the morning is priceless. 110 min. DVD X1723; vhs 999:3202
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Night of the Living Dead (1968)
Directed by George A. Romero. Space experiments set off a high level of radiation that makes the newly-dead return to life and devour human flesh. 90 min. DVD 3161; vhs 999:825
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Nina's Heavenly Delights (UK, 2006)
Directed by Pratibha Parmar. Cast: Laura Fraser, Art Malik, Ronnie Jhutti, Veena Sood, Shelley Conn. A young woman must take over her father's Indian restaurant and compete in The Best of the West Curry Competition. When Nina then falls in love with the beautiful Lisa, she begins to question a world that has been thrown into sudden turmoil. Now she wonders if her feelings will ever be reciprocated and if they are, what will this mean for Nina and her family? 94 min. DVD 8743
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No Reservations (2007)
Directed by Scott Hicks. Cast: Catherine Zeta-Jones, Aaron Eckhart, Abigail Breslin, Bob Balaban, Patricia Clarkson, Jenny Wade. Master chef Kate Armstrong is a perfectionist who leads a regimented life while running the kitchen of an exclusive restaurant. When her nine-year old niece Zoe comes to live with her Kate's life is turned completely upside down and she is suddenly forced to split her focus between work and family. Nick Palmer is the newly hired, fun-loving, opera-singing sous chef, whom Kate perceives as a serious rival. Even as they clash, Kate is drawn toward Nick, eventually coming to the realization that Nick offers something that she needs both in her restaurant kitchen and her new life with Zoe. Based on the original screenplay : Mostly Martha / by Sandra Nettelbeck. 104 min. DVD X2468
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Pieces of April (2003)
Directed by Christopher Guest. Cast: Katie Holmes, Patricia Clarkson, Derek Luke, Alison Pill, John Gallagher, Jr., Alice Drummond, Lillias White, Isiah Whitlock, Jr., Oliver Platt. Family outcast April lives in a beat-up apartment in New York's Lower East Side with her boyfriend, Bobby. In order to spend some time with her dying mother, April invites her conservative suburban family to her place for a Thanksgiving feast. While she frantically tries to complete the meal, the family drives in from Pennsylvania sharing less-than-pleasant opinions about April's lifestyle. Her dad tries to think positively, while sister Beth flaunts her good-girl status and brother Timmy captures it all on film. Special features: commentary by writer/director Peter Hedges; behind-the-scenes featurette; theatrical trailer. 81 min. DVD X3833
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The Recipe (South Korea, 2010)
Directed by Anna Lee. Cast: Seung-Ryong Ryu, Yu-Won Lee. Mass murderer Kim Hyun-Soo incarcerated on death row wants to taste doenjang jjigae, a spicy Korean bean paste stew, before he dies. News reporter Choi Yu-Jin hears of the inmate and researches his story for an upcoming news report. Choi Yu-Jin then comes across a mysterious woman named Jang Hye-Jin who makes doenjang jjigae that brings tears of joy to those who taste her recipe. As Choi Yu-Jin delves further, he learns of Jang Hye-Jin's heartbreaking relationship with Kim Hyun-Soo. 107 min. DVD X6847
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Scotland, Pa. (1997)
Directed by Billy Morrissette. Cast: James LeGros, Maura Tierney, Christopher Walken, Kevin Corrigan, James Rebhorn, Thomas Guiry, Amy Smart, Timothy Speed Levitch, Andy Dick, Jr. A contemporary adaptation of Shakespeare's Macbeth. "Burgers, fries ... and a side of mayhem. Welcome to McBeth's, where fast food and ambition make up a daily special filled with murder and mystery, 70's style." 104 min. DVD 1464
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Sideways (2004)
Directed by Alexander Payne. Cast: Paul Giamatti, Thomas Haden Church, Virgina Madsen, Sandra Oh. Miles is a divorced man and a failed writer who teaches junior high school English. He decides to take his best friend, somewhat famous actor Jack, on a weeklong drive through California's wine country. There they explore their failures and question their relationships. 127 min. DVD 719
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Awards

Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards - Best Picture
Golden Globes, USA - Best Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy
Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards - Best Picture; Best Director
New York Film Critics Circle Awards - Best Film
San Francisco Film Critics Circle Award - Best Picture; Best Director

Soul Food (1997)
Directed by George Tillman, Jr. Cast: Vanessa L. Williams, Vivica A. Fox, Nia Long, Michael Beach, Mekhi Phifer, Jeffrey D. Sams, Irma P. Hall, Gina Ravera, Brandon Hammond. Sunday dinner at Mother Joe's is a mouth-watering, 40-year tradition. As seen through the eyes of her grandson Ahmad, love and laughs are always on the menu, despite the usual rivalries simmering between his mom Maxine and her sisters Teri and Bird. But when serious bickering starts to tear the family apart, the good times suddenly stop. Now it's up to Ahmad to get everyone back together and teach them the true meaning of soul food. 114 min. DVD 719
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Soul Kitchen (Germany, 2009)
Directed by Fatih Akin. Cast: Adam Bousdoukos, Moritz Bleibtreu, Birol Ünel, Pheline Roggan, Anna Bederke, Dorka Gryllus, Wotan Wilke Möhring, Lucas Gregorowicz. When German-Greek chef Zinos hires a gourmet chef for his struggling restaurant, it drives away his low-life regulars. In the meantime, his girlfriend, Nadine, moves back to China, but a hip new clientele brings the restaurant back to life. When he goes to China to get Nadine back, he leaves the restaurant in the hands of his criminal brother. When Zinos discovers that Nadine has a new boyfriend, and his brother has gambled away his restaurant, he knows he must work with his brother if he is to get it back. 99 min. DVD X5126
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Soylent Green (1973)
Directed by Richard Fleischer. Cast: Charlton Heston, Leigh Taylor-Young, Chuck Connors, Joseph Cotten, Brock Peters, Paula Kelly, Edward G. Robinson. The setting is New York City, the year is 2022 and thecity is teeming with 40 million citizens, most of whom out of work. Environmental erosion is almost complete and voluntary death is encouraged bygovernment-sponsored clinics. For their food, the people have grown to rely almost totally on a synthetic greenish, wafer-like substance called soylent. Police officer Thorn investigates the murder of a magnate in the dictatorial Soylent Company, andcomes face to face with the hideous truth about the secret ingredient of their supposedly plankton-basedproduct "Soylent Green." 97 min. DVD 6046
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Burnstein, Matthew. "The Thanatoria of Soylent Green: On Reconciling the Good Life with the Good Death." In: Bioethics at the movies
Edited by Sandra Shapshay. Baltimore : Johns Hopkins University Press, 2009. (Public Health R725.5 .B52 2009)
American science fiction film and television / Lincoln Geraghty. London ; New York : Berg, 2009. (Full text available online (UC Berkeley users only); Print: Moffitt PN1995.9.S26 G37 2009)
Murray, Robin L. "Environmental nostalgia and the tragic eco-hero: the case of Soylent green and the 1970s eco-disaster film." In: Ecology and popular film : cinema on the edge / Robin L. Murray and Joseph K. Heumann. Albany : SUNY Press, c2009. (Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1995.9.N38 M87 2009)
Retzinger, Jean P. "Speculative Visions and Imaginary Meals." Cultural Studies, May-Jul2008, Vol. 22 Issue 3/4, p369-390, 22p UC users only

Tampopo (Japan, 1987)
Director: Juzo Itami. Cast: Tsutomu Yamazaki, Nobuko Miyamoto, Koji Yakusho. Yamazaki Tsutomu, Miyamoto Nobuko, Yaskusho Ko-ji, Watanabe Ken, Yasuoka Rikiya, O-taki Hideji, Tsugawa Masahiko, O-tomo Ryu-taro, Okada Mariko. Tampopo follows the life of a young widow who runs a small noodle restaurant in Tokyo and her quest for the perfect bowl of ramen. Helping her to attain top ramen status is Goro, the truck driver who at first criticizes Tampopo's cooking ability and then helps her to master it. 114 min. DVD X7256; DVD X2679; vhs 999:797
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Ashkenazi, Michael. "Food, Play, Business and the Image of Japan in Juzo's Tampopo." In: Reel food : essays on food and film / edited by Anne L. Bower. New York : Routledge, 2004. (Main Stack PN1995.9.F65.R44 2004)
Iles, Timothy. "The Lazy Gaze: The Aesthetics of Consumerism in Itami Juzo Tampopo." Asian Cinema, vol. 15, no. 1, pp. 225-33, Spring 2004.
Pauline Kael. "Tampopo." The New Yorker v63.(June 1, 1987): pp101(2).
Serper, Zvika. "Eroticism in Itami's "The Funeral" and "Tampopo": Juxtaposition and Symbolism." Cinema Journal, Vol. 42, No. 3 (Spring, 2003), pp. 70-95 UC users only

La Taqueria (2002)
Directed by Martin Delon. Cast: Fannie Montan, Evaristo Carreon, Sylvia Garcia, Noble Chase-Pack, Mario Guajardo, Diego Castro, Jennifer Almaguer. When Dona Flor inherited her father's little restaurantin Houston, she didn't realize she would have to contend with the daily chaos of her workers and customers - a cook that drinks and passes out in thekitchen, waitresses who don't do their jobs, a pimp operating his business from the restaurant and a bus boy who causes little old ladies' hearts to flutter. It's enough to make her crazy! All of her workersagree that what their 40-year-old boss needs is a man- and soon, before they all suffer from her craziness! 82 min. vhs 999:3446
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La Taqueria (2005)
Directed by Carlos Griffin. Cast: Kris Campa, Yuri Cunza, Valerie Barriga. Antioch-shot "La Taqueria," is a drama about the proprietor and employees in a taco trailer's restricted space and the philanderings of its two-timing owner. 26 min. DVD X7031
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Taste (UK, TV, 1979-1980)
Richard Pratt, a pretentious wine expert, is one of several dinner party guests at the home of stockbroker Mike Schofield. Pratt claims to be able to identify any wine from its bouquet but Schofield has picked a really rare wine that he is so convinced Pratt will fail to recognize that he includes his house and his daughter in the wager to everyone else's horror. ..particularly when Pratt guesses it right. Part of the television series Tales of the Unexpected. DVD X2250

301/302 (South Korea, 1995)
Directed by Chul-Soo Park. Cast: Eun-jin Bang and Sin-Hye Hwang. "Two women are neighbors in an apartment building: one is an obsessive professional cook (in room 301), the other an anorexic writer (room 302). A young policeman is investigating the disappearance of the woman from room 302. Through flashbacks, we learn the nature of the two women's relationship: the cook tries to cure her neighbor by preparing fabulous meals for her every night - only to have them left untouched."(from Screen Cuisine) 100 min. DVD X400; vhs 999:3462
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Papazian, Gretchen. "Anorexia envisioned: Mike Leigh's Life is sweet, Chul-Soo park's 301/302, and Todd Haynes's Superstar" 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)

Today's Special (2010)
Director, David Kaplan. Cast: Aasif Mandvi, Jess Weixler, Madhur Jaffrey, Harish Patel, Kevin Corrigan, Dean Winters, Naseeruddin Shah. Samir is a traditionally trained chef who works as the sous chef in an exclusive restaurant in Manhattan, but when he learns he's been turned down for an expected promotion, he leaves in a huff and isn't asked to return. Samir considers heading for Europe to attend a culinary academy, but his plans quickly change when he learns that his father has suffered a severe heart attack and someone needs to look after the family business, a dingy Indian restaurant in Queens that's fallen on hard times. Based on the play Sakina's restaurant, by Aasif Mandvi. 99 min. DVD X6891
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Tortilla Soup (2001)
Director, Maria Ripoll. Cast: Hector Elizondo, Jacqueline Obradors, Tamara Mello,Paul Rodriguez, Constance Marie, Joel Joan, Nikolai Kinski, Julio Oscar Mechoso, Elizabeth Pena, Raquel Welch. A heartwarming comedy that's all about food, family and a certain kind of magic that only happens at the dinner table. Martin is the culinary genius behind a successful restaurant and the widowed father of three daughters whom he has a compulsion to try and steer inthe right direction. Hungry for their independance, the girls find themselves at odds with their traditionalist father. 104 min. DVD 1525
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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)
Baron, T. and Nepomucena, Gerry. "Tortilla Soup." London Food Film Fiesta site.
Lindenfeld, Laura. "Visiting the Mexican American Family: Tortilla Soup as Culinary Tourism." Communication and Critical/Cultural Studies, 4:3, 303 - 320, 2007 UC users only

Vatel (France / UK / Belgium, 2000)
Directed by Roland Joffe. Cast: Gerard Depardieu, Uma Thurman, Tim Roth, Timothy Spall, Julian Glover, Julian Sands. The Duc de Conde's employee, Francois Vatel, is in charge of cooking and preparing shows for the French King Louis XIV when he visits the castle of Chantilly, owned by de Conde. If Vatel can impress the King, de Conde will gain his favors, and the destiny of France will change. While the King is visiting and three days of banquets ensue, Vatel falls in love with the King's mistress. 103 min. DVD 1173
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Waitress (2007)
Directed by Adrienne Shelly. Cast:Keri Russell, Nathan Fillion, Cheryl Hines, Jeremy Sisto, Andy Griffith, Adrienne Shelly, Eddie Jemison, Lew Temple. Jenna is unhappily married, squirreling away money, and hoping to win a pie-baking contest so, with the prize money, she'll have enough cash to leave her husband Earl. She finds herself pregnant, which throws her plans awry. She bakes phenomenal pies at Joe's diner, tolerates her sour boss Cal, is friends with her fellow waitresses, Dawn and Becky. She, also, finds a mutual attraction with the new doctor in town. Life with Earl becomes less tolerable as her pregnancy advances. Her way out of the marriage is less clear and her affair with the doctor is complicated by his marriage. Special features: Commentary by producer Michael Roiff and actor Keri Russell; "This is how we made Waitress pie" featurette; "Written and directed by Adrienne Shelly: a memorial" featurette; "Hi! I'm Keri, I'll be your waitress; "The pies have it!" featurette; Fox Movie Channel presents "In character with: Keri Russell" and "In character with: Cheryl Hines" featurettes; a message from Keri Russel about the Adrienne Shelly Foundation; trailers. 108 min. DVD X2469
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West Bank Story (USA, 2005)
Directed by Ari Sandel. Cast: Ben Newmark, Noureen DeWulf, A.J. Tannen, Joey Naber, Haguy Wigdor, Oren Rehany. A musical comedy set in the fast-paced, fast-food world of competing falafel stands on the West Bank. David, an Israeli soldier, falls in love with Fatima, a beautiful Palestinian cashier, despite the animosity between their families' dueling restaurants. Can the couple's love withstand a 58-year-old conflict and their families' desire to control the future of the chick pea in the Middle East? 21 min. DVD 7523
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Awards
Academy Award: Best Short Film, Live Action

What's Cooking? (UK / USA, 2000)
Directed by Gurinder Chadha. Cast: Joan Chen, Julianna Margulies, Mercedes Ruehl, Kyra Sedgwick, Alfre Woodard, Maury Chaykin, Estelle Harris, Dennis Haysbert, Lainie Kazan, Victor Rivers, Douglas Spain. In Los Angeles' Fairfax district, four households celebrate Thanksgiving amidst family tensions. In the Nguyen family, the children's acculturation and immigrant parents' fears collide. In the Avila family, Isabel's son has invited her estranged husband to their family dinner. Audrey and Ron Williams want to keep their own family's ruptures secret from Ron's visiting mother. In the Seelig household, Herb and Ruth are unwilling to discuss that their grown daughter is living with her lover, Carla. 109 min. DVD 1622
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Chakravarti, Debnita. "Feel good reel food: a taste of the cultural kedgeree in Gurinder Chadha's What's Cooking?" 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)
Keller, James R. "What's Cooking?: Multiculturalism and Holiday Histrionics or a Banquet of Shouting." In: Food, film and culture : a genre study Jefferson, N.C. : McFarland & Co., c2006. (MAIN: PN1995.9.F65 K45 2006)
Rodriguez, Judith C. "Tortilla Soup." London Food Film Fiesta site.

When Do We Eat? (2005)
Directed by Salvador Litvak. Cast: Ben Feldman, Michael Lerner, Shiri Appleby, Max Greenfield, Adam Lamberg, Cynda Williams, Jack Klugman, Lesley Ann Warren. On the night of the Seder, an old school dad that's tough on his sons is slipped Ecstasy in order to give him a new perspective on life. When the mother brings a handsome stranger to dinner and the kids take sides, a disaster is in the making! Special features: The Rabbis' mystical Seder; Deleted scenes; Behind the scenes; Actor auditions; Director's commentary; Visual inspiration: the Szyk Haggadah. 93 min. DVD 9448
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When Fish Fall in Love (Mahiha ashegh mishavand)(Iran, 2005)
Directed by Ali Raffi. Cast: Reza Kianian, Roya Nonahali, Golshifteh Farahani, Mariam Saadat. After 22 years absence, Aziz decides to return to his hometown to sell the house where he was born. But, to his astonishment, the place is now a small restaurant, run by four women, one of them a girl whom he once dated. Atieh's singular passion is food, and her popular restaurant on the sleepy Caspian coast of Iran is her pride and joy. When Aziz appears, threatening her means of supporting her daughter, Atieh prepares his favorite dishes, one night at a time, in a desperate effort to convince him not to close the restaurant. 96 min. DVD X1935
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Who Is Killing the Great Chefs of Europe? (1978)
Director, Ted Kotcheff. Cast: George Segal, Jacqueline Bisset, Robert Morley. A fast-food tycoon, his ex-wife and a gourmet magazine publisher are involved in a fast and funny murder mystery. The publisher is ordered by his doctor to give up his favorite dishes to lose weight, and one by one the creators of those dishes are murdered- in the manner of their specialties! 112 min. DVD X3935
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Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory (1971)
Director, Mel Stuart. Cast: Gene Wilder, Jack Albertson, Roy Kinnear, Julie Dawn Cole, Leonard Stone, Denise Nickerson, Dodo Denney, Paris Themmen, Peter Ostrum. Candy manufacturer Willy Wonka has a contest and hides five golden tickets in five of his scrumptious candy bars. All five ticket winners get a free tour of the mysterious Wonka factory, as well as a lifetime supply of Wonka candy. Four of the children are nasty brats who are punished by Willie Wonka with various diabolical, but funny, methods. Only Charlie, a likeable child, wins the heart of the manufacturer. Based on the novel by Roald Dahl. 100 min. DVD 1723
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Woman on Top (2000)
Director, Fina Torres. Cast: Penelope Cruz, Murilo Benicio, Harold Perrineau, Jr., Mark Feuerstein. Isabella is a gorgeous chef who melts the palates and hearts of men everywhere. When she decides to break free from her rocky marriage and move to San Francisco, she discovers the perfect recipe for coming out on top, her own hit cooking show. But then her ex-husband comes to town, shaking her world again. 108 min. DVD X39
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Wonton Soup (USA / Germany / Hong Kong, 1999)
Director, Clara Law. Part of the film anthology, Erotique. Two college lovers reunite in Hong Kong where they discover their different cultures have caused them to grow apart. Determined to prove these obstacles can be overcome, the boy prepares an evening of gourmet food and ancient Chinese sexual techniques. DVD 2517
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Food in Animated Films

Bobby Bumps Puts a Beanery on the Bum(1918)
Animated short. Directed by John Bray, Earl Hurd Bray. The story is a bunch of antics that go on in a diner/restaurant (they used to call a "beanery") and in the kitchen as Bobby and his dog help out. 5 min. vhs 999:518

Busy Bakers(1940)
Animated short. Directed by Cal Dalton and Ben Hardaway. Swenson the baker is down to a single donut in his shop, which he willingly gives to a blind man who comes in. Unknown to him, that was really an elf, who enlists his friends to fill the shop with all manner of baked goods while the baker sleeps. Included on DVD X136

Chef Donald (1941)
Directed by Jack King, Disney Studios. "Donald is listening to a radio cooking program and mixes up a batch of waffles, but he's distracted and uses rubber cement instead of baking powder. The batter proves to be unusually stiff... His spoon gets stuck, and the batter acts like a rubber-band airplane, flying the bowl around the room. Next, Donald gets his head stuck into the batter (and his tail in the waffle iron). He tries to chop it with an ax; the ax flies up and splits the room in half. He throws the bowl out the door; it sticks to the knob and finds its way back in." [Jon Reeves via the Internet Movie Database] 7 min. DVD 2734
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Dimensions of Dialogue (Moznosti dialogu)(Czechoslovakia, 1982)
A film by Jan Svankmajer. A confrontation between two heads, one shaped out of vegetables and one shaped out of kitchen utensils, leads to a new head made of chopped-up food. (Contained in anthology Jan Svankmajer, Alchemist of the Surreal) DVD 6299; vhs 999:2108
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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.

Food (Spiklenci slasti) (Czech Republic / Switzerland / UK, 1993)
Director, Jan Svankmajer. "Food" features grey-suited men as human vending machines, a couple at dinner devouring a restaurant, and a tour of a canabalistic banquet. 14 min. DVD 1674
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Food Feud (1961)
Directed By Jerry Hathcock. Mr. Magoo goes to visit his mother and leaves Hamlet and Bowser along. They run amuck while Hamlet raids the fridge. 5 min. DVD 8173

Porky's Last Stand (1940)
Directed by Bob Clampett. "Porky and Daffy run a diner. The eggs come from chickens kept on the premises. A customer orders a hamburger, and Daffy discovers the mice have gotten to the meat first and left a note. He spots a calf outside and goes after it but ends up having to fight off a large bull. Meanwhile, Porky is preparing an order of two eggs, but one of them is actually a baby chick, who runs away. Daffy manages to sic the bull on Porky, who does some acrobatics to escape until Daffy lures the bull back to him. The bull finally crashes into the diner." [Internet Movie Database] Included on DVD X346

Ratatouille (2007)
Directed by Brad Bird. Animated feature. Voices: Patton Oswalt, Ian Holm, Lou Romano, Brian Dennehy, Peter Sohn, Peter O'Toole, Brad Garrett, Janeane Garofalo, Will Arnett, Julius Callahan, James Remar, John Ratzenberger. In this animated feature a rat named Remy dreams of becoming a great chef despite his family's wishes and the obvious problem of being a rat in a decidedly rodent-phobic profession. When fate places Remy in Paris, he finds himself ideally situated beneath a restaurant made famous by his culinary hero. Despite the apparent dangers of being an unwanted visitor in the kitchen of one of Paris' most exclusive restaurants, Remy forms an unlikely partnership with Linguini, the garbage boy, who inadvertently discovers Remy's amazing talents. They strike a deal, ultimately setting into motion a chain of extraordinary events that turns the culinary world of Paris upside down. 104 min. DVD 8743
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Awards

Academy Award - Best Animated Feature
Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USA - Best Animated Feature
British Academy of Film and Television Arts Awards - Best Animated Feature
Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards - Best Animated Feature
Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards - Best Animated Feature
National Board of Review, USA - Best Animated Feature

Allen, Brenda. "Family, Friendship WORK in Ratatouille." Screen Education, Winter2009, Issue 54, p137-143, 7p UC users only
Evely, Christine. "Rats in the Kitchen." Screen Education, Winter2008, Issue 50, p74-79, 6p UC users only
Simpkins, James B. "Two Rats in the Kitchen: Ratatouille and an American Culinary Dream." Contemporary French & Francophone Studies, Mar2010, Vol. 14 Issue 2, p205-211, 7p; UC users only
Solomon, Charles. Pixar Whips Up Another Animated Masterpiece." Animation, Aug2007, Vol. 21 Issue 8, p10-12, 3p UC users only
von Schlemmer, Mark. "Stealing from the Bees and Cooking with the Rats." Society & Animals, Mar2009, Vol. 17 Issue 1, p91-95, 5p UC users only

Feature Films: Movies with Notable Food Scenes

The Adventurer (1917)
Director, Charlie Chaplin. "Chaplin plays an escaped convict who by rescuing rich people ends up mingling with a class of society he is unprepared for. When served ice cream the Tramp acts according to experience and treats the glass bowl as he would a cone. When the Tramp attempts to mimic his companion's proper use of the spoon it results in the ice cream's ending up down his pants, a mistake that literally (and humorously) cools off any of the lower class man's unspeakable desires." [Orgeron; Gabrielle, 2001]. DVD 8.
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Orgeron, Devin Anthony. Orgeron; Gabrielle, Marsha. "Eating Their Words: Consuming Class a la Chaplin and Keaton." College Literature. 28(1):84-104. 2001 Winter UC users only

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The Adventures of Robin Hood(1938)
Directed by Michael Curtiz and William Keighley. Cast: Errol Flynn, Olivia De Havilland, Basil Rathbone, Claude Rains, Alan Hale, Eugene Pallette. Recounts the life and adventures of Robin Hood, who, with his band of followers, lived as an outlaw in Sherwood Forest dedicating his life to fighting against tyranny by stealing from the rich and giving to the poor. Features a wonderfully bawdy and robust sequence in which Robin and his men feast on haunches of purloined venison and tankards of mead. 102 min. DVD 2039; vhs 999:588
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The Age of Innocence(1993)
Directed by Martin Scorsese. Cast: Daniel Day-Lewis, Michelle Pfeiffer, Winona Ryder, Geraldine Chaplin, Michael Gough, Richard E. Grant, Mary Beth Hurt. Based on the novel by Edith Wharton "A ravishing romance about three wealthy New Yorkers caught in a tragic love triangle, the ironically-titled story chronicles the gr "Sumptuous" doesn't do this film justice. Martin Scorsese's adaptation of Wharton's novel about 1870s high society and its discontents is so aesthetically stuffed, it's positively gushing, and that goes for the food, too, as the banquets brim with historically accurate cuisine. But it's the rigid social norms reflected in the precisely choreographed table manners that counter the seemingly joyous abundance and epitomize this story of agonized restraint." [from Gastronomica: Food in Film] 138 min. DVD 3301; vhs 999:1214
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Alice Adams (1935)
Directed by George Stevens. Cast: Katharine Hepburn, Fred MacMurray, Fred Stone, Evelyn Venable, Hattie McDaniel. Social climber Alice tries to push her clodhopper family to the background and assumes airs to win the love of an amiable, wealthy young man. In this tender comedy of Americana and manners each must overcome the obstacles of their backgrounds for their love to flourish.

"The highlight of the film is the classic, tragically funny, disastrous dinner-party scene. The aspiring, pretentious Alice hopelessly wishes to rise up above the low-social prominence of her vulgar, poor family. To impress Arthur, her rich new suitor, she has planned a "stylish" dinner party at her own home - in the wilting humidity and heat - she fiercely wishes to make a good impression by having conned Arthur into believing that her folks are well-to-do. She has fictionalized her life to him and forced everyone in her family to pretend that they are something other than themselves." [from Tim Dirks' FilmSite] 99 min. DVD 1562

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[National Lampoon's] Animal House (1983)
Directed by John Landis. Cast: John Belushi, Donald Sutherland, Tim Matheson, John Vernon, Verna Bloom, Thomas Hulce, Cesare Danova,Peter Riegert, Karen Allen, Kevin Bacon. In this spoof of 1960's college life, members of the Delta fraternity offend the straight-arrow people on campus in a comedy which irreverently mocks college traditions. Cast: the infamous "food fight" sequence. 109 min. DVD 1874
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Annie Hall (1977)
Directed by Woody Allen, Cast: Woody Allen, Diane Keaton, Tony Roberts, Carol Kane, Paul Simon. A romantic and sensitive comedy revolving around the diverse and diverting relationships of two nervous New Yorkers, Alvie Singer and Annie Hall.

"...in the film's pivotal scene that comments upon the wide, alienating divide between their two families, [Alvie has] the opportunity to meet her [Annie's] WASP-ish Protestant family at Easter sharing a traditional ham dinner, a meal which he should be avoiding as a traditional Jew. At the table, he is so paranoid about her parents that he has a flash transformation, imagining that they see him as a bearded orthodox Hasidic rabbi - with a reddish beard, a black hat and coat. Alvy tells Mom Hall (Colleen Dewhurst) about the results of his fifteen years of analysis: "I'm making excellent progress. Pretty soon, when I lie down on his couch, I won't have to wear the lobster bib." Nobody laughs at Alvy's joke. It is clear that Annie's mother, father and bigoted Grammy Hall don't approve of him.

In a split-screen to illustrate the two incompatible worlds, Alvy's New York Jewish family is compared in a similar dinner scene to Annie's family. On the left third of the screen is the brightly lit, affluent, politely gracious, aloof and sober Hall family discussing subjects such as the Christmas play and the 4-H Club. On the right two-thirds of the screen is a darkly lit, sloppy and informal, noisily argumentative, competitively babbling, neurotic Singer family talking about illness (diabetes, heart disease) and unemployment." [from Tim Dirks' FilmSite] 99 min. DVD 56; vhs 999:263

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Austin Powers, The Spy Who Shagged Me (1999)
Directed by Jay Roach. Cast: Mike Myers, Heather Graham, Michael York, Rob Lowe, Robert Wagner, Seth Green and Elizabeth Hurley. "The best opening credits of the 1999 summer movie season belonged to this outrageous sequel, in which the titles flash while breads, meats, and produce are strategically placed in front of characters' naked physiques. This several-minute buffet of visual puns includes melons held in front of breasts, a male groin hidden by a salami, and a baked ham to mask the bum of cheeky Agent Powers (Mike Myers). Juvenile, certainly, but brilliantly styled and true to the tendency to analogize food with "naughty bit" body parts. Do I make you hungry, baby?" [Epstein, Rebecca. "Food on Film.: Gastronomica 16 January 2010] Audio commentary and behind the scenes documentary produced by Mark Rance. 95 min. DVD X845
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Autumn Moon (Qiuyue) (Hong Kong / Japan, 1992)
Directed by Clara Law. Cast: Masatoshi Nagase, Li Pui Wai, Choi Siu Wan, Maki Kiuchi. Set in contemporary Hong Kong, a young Japanese tourist is bargain-shopping and looking for food, sex, or preferably both. He meets a fifteen-year-old waif and the friendship that develops allows the young man's passion for food to be assuaged by the girl's grandmother, the wielder of a magic wok. But sex is a different matter than friendship--which is what this film is really about. 102 min. DVD X5595; vhs 999:3207
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Battle of the Century (1928)
Cast: Laurel and Hardy. Features a monumental, metropolitan pie fight in which no one is spared. 28 min. DVD 358; DVD 1315; DVD X324; also vhs 999:1903

Behind the Screen (1916)
Directed by Charles Chaplin. Cast: Charlie Chaplin, Edna Purviance. Charlie is an overworked labourer at a film studio who helps a young woman find work even while his coworkers strike against his tyrannical boss. A satire of life at a silent movie studio, a thinly veiled satire of Mack Sennett's Keystone Company. In one scene, Charlie is on a lunch break with fellow stagehands, but without a lunch. "One stagehand has spread out a great stack of sandwhiches before him, another has unwrapped the remains of a leg of beef, while another has brought a large bunch of green onions. In the midst of this cornucopia, Charlie sits wistfully, but with two empty slices of bread, trying to determine the best way to snitch a bite of beef from the end of the bone, or to steal a sandwhich from the pile, while avoiding the onions." [Hyers, M. Conrad. The spirituality of comedy: comic heroism in a tragic world New Brunswick, U.S.A. : Transaction Publishers, c1996. (Main (Gardner) Stacks PN56.5.C65 H94 1996)]26 min. DVD 9; DVD 235
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Orgeron, Devin Anthony. Orgeron, Marsha Gabrielle. "Eating Their Words: Consuming Class a la Chaplin and Keaton." College Literature. 28(1):84-104. 2001 Winter UC users only

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The Breakfast Club (1985)
Directed by John Hughes. Cast: Emilio Estevez, Paul Gleason, Anthony Michael Hall, John Kapelos, Judd Nelson, Molly Ringwald, Ally Sheedy. Five teenage students with nothing in common, spend a Saturday detention together in their high school library. At 7:00 a.m. they had nothing to say, but by 4:00 p.m., they had bared their souls to each other and become friends. Includes a memorable scene in which the kids bring out their respective lunches, the contents of which reveal an enormous amount about their personalities and lives. 98 min. DVD 3376
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Bleach, Anthony. "Postfeminist Cliques? Class, Postfeminism, and the Molly Ringwald-John Hughes Films." Cinema Journal, Spring2010, Vol. 49 Issue 3, p24-44, 21p UC users only
Brammer, Rebekah. "Left Of Centre Teen Life Love And Pain In The Films Oh John Hughes." Screen Education, Summer2009, Issue 56, p22-28, 7p UC users only
De Vaney, Ann. "Pretty in Pink? John Hughes Reinscribes Daddy's Girl in Homes and Schools." In: Sugar, spice, and everything nice : cinemas of girlhood / edited by Frances Gateward and Murray Pomerance. Detroit : Wayne State University Press, c2002. (Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1995.9.G57 S84 2002)
Lee, Christina. "Going nowhere?: the Politics of Remembering (and Forgetting) Molly Ringwald." Cultural Studies Review. Mar 2007. Vol. 13, Iss. 1; pg. 89, 16 pgs

Christmas Story (1985)
Directed by Bob Clark. Cast: Melinda Dillon, Darren McGavin, Peter Billingsley. A young boy must convince his parents that a toy rifle is the only Christmas gift that will make Christmas worthwhile. Not only do his parents face what many other parents must deal with during the holiday, but their actions reflect the classic All-American response to Christmas. Contains possibly the most hilariously catastrophically derailed Christmas dinners in movie history Based on the novel "In God We Trust, All Others Pay Cash" by Jean Shepherd. 98 min. DVD 1695
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Chungking Express (Chung-ching sen lin) (Hong Kong, 1994)
Directed by Wong Kar-Wai. Cast: Tony Leung Chiu-Wai and Brigitte Lin."From supreme visual stylist Wong Kar-wai comes this stunning, dream-likevalentine to youth and hopeless love. Kar-wai juxtaposes two quirky, offbeatstories with beautiful, mysterious women and colorful cops against a backdropof a Chinese fast-food restaurant. An emotionally cool, post-modern romanticcomedy. "...an ideal introduction to his work...a vibrant commentary on younglove today, packed with punch and personality" (Jonathan Rosenbaum, ChicagoReader).

"An episodic chronicle of two lovesick Hong Kong police officers, #223 (Takeshi Kaneshiro) and #663 (Tony Leung Chiu-Wai). The first episode follows #223 as he comes to terms with his recent break-up. Since his girlfriend, May, broke up with him on 1 April, he has convinced himself that it was all an April Fool's joke and has given May until his birthday, 1 May, to call and ask him to come back. To count the days, #223 buys cans of pineapple (May's favorite) with 1 May expiration dates. When the day comes and May doesn't call, he gorges himself on 30 cans of pineapple, calls up (and gets rejected by) every girl he's known since grade school and gets completely wasted. He goes to a bar and decides to fall in love with the next woman he sees and that lucky woman turns out to be a mysterious, blonde wigged drug dealer (Brigitte Lin Ching-Hsia). #223 sees her across the bar and, with much confidence, tries to chat her up because he has the *perfect* opening line, 'Hello, do you like pineapple?'" 104 min. DVD 4167; vhs 999:1971

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Don't be a Menace to South Central while Drinking your Juice in the Hood (1996)
Directed by Paris Barclay. Cast: Shawn Wayans, Marlon Wayans. From block parties and beepers to high tops and high-powered weapons, it's everything that's funny about growing up in the 'hood ... the Wayans Brothers' neighborhood, that is! "A parody of the spate of contemporary black urban ghetto films distributed in the late eighties and early nineties. The Wayans brothers tackle the elements of these films that became distracting clichés, such as the unhealthy, low-price food the characters eat. In one particularly extreme and repulsive scene (that also parodies 9-1/2 Weeks), the "crack mother" has a food fight/sexual encounter with her lover on her kitchen floor. They slather themselves with the refrigerator's contents, including huge bricks of orange cheddar cheese, packaged meat products, condiments, and beer." [from Gastronomica: Food in Film] 89 min. DVD 1058
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Five Easy Pieces (1970)
Directed by Bob Rafelson. Cast: Jack Nicholson, Karen Black, Susan Anspach, Lois Smith, Billy Green Bush, William Challee. In the most memorable classic scene in a roadside diner on his way home, he is again aggravated and exasperated by meaningless rules. A live-by-the-rules waitress (Lorna Thayer) stubbornly refuses to serve him a plain omelette (with tomatoes instead of potatoes), a cup of coffee and a side order of wheat toast, because she dryly explains: "No substitutions":

Dupea: I'd like a plain omelette, no potatoes, tomatoes instead, a cup of coffee, and wheat toast.
Waitress: (She points to the menu) No substitutions.
Dupea: What do you mean? You don't have any tomatoes?
Waitress: Only what's on the menu. You can have a number two - a plain omelette. It comes with cottage fries and rolls.
Dupea: Yeah, I know what it comes with. But it's not what I want.
Waitress: Well, I'll come back when you make up your mind.
Dupea: Wait a minute. I have made up my mind. I'd like a plain omelette, no potatoes on the plate, a cup of coffee, and a side order of wheat toast.
Waitress: I'm sorry, we don't have any side orders of toast...an English muffin or a coffee roll.
Dupea: What do you mean you don't make side orders of toast? You make sandwiches, don't you?
Waitress: Would you like to talk to the manager?
Dupea: ...You've got bread and a toaster of some kind?
Waitress: I don't make the rules.
Dupea: OK, I'll make it as easy for you as I can. I'd like an omelette, plain, and a chicken salad sandwich on wheat toast, no mayonnaise, no butter, no lettuce. And a cup of coffee.
Waitress: A number two, chicken sal san, hold the butter, the lettuce and the mayonnaise. And a cup of coffee. Anything else?
Dupea: Yeah. Now all you have to do is hold the chicken, bring me the toast, give me a check for the chicken salad sandwich, and you haven't broken any rules.
Waitress (spitefully): You want me to hold the chicken, huh?
Dupea: I want you to hold it between your knees.
Waitress (turning and telling him to look at the sign that says, "No Substitutions") Do you see that sign, sir? Yes, you'll all have to leave. I'm not taking any more of your smartness and sarcasm.
Dupea: You see this sign? (He sweeps all the water glasses and menus off the table.) [quoted from filmsite.org]

96 min. DVD 913; also vhs 999:997

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Frenzy (UK, 1972)
Directed by Alfred Hitchcock. Cast: Jon Finch, Alec McCowen, Barry Foster, Billie Whitelaw. In their hunt for a sex criminal known as the Necktie Murderer, the London police suspect an innocent man, who eludes them and proves his innocence by finding the real murderer. "Hitchcock's second-to-last film, generally regarded as limping through a routine: mistaken identity, a killer on the loose, and a female blonde. But adding to this story of a London sex killer is a little bit of spice in the form of food: Much of the film takes place in an outdoor market and in pubs, and the suspected killer (but not the actual one) is constantly avoiding his wife's inedible gourmet meals while he himself tries to find the "Necktie Murderer." And the body that incriminates the killer is stuffed in a sack of potatoes, and it's in a stack of them that a final wrestling match ensues. Sex, food, death-Hitch merely simplified things." [from Gastronomica: Food in Film] 116 min. DVD 1029
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The Godfather (I, II, III) (1971-74)
Directed by Francis Ford Coppola. Cast: Marlon Brando, Al Pacino, James Caan, Robert Duvall, Talia Shire, Diane Keaton. The Corleone Family nearly falls from power in America but rises to observe the passage of rites from father to son. There is a balance between family life and the ugly business of crime in which they are engaged. Throughout this saga, food and eating figure largely as both cultural signifiers and narrative devices. One of the most-often quoted lines in the film is hitman Peter Clemenza's admonishion to his colleague in crime, Rocco Lampone: "Leave the gun. Take the cannoli." Other examples abound: Frankie Pentangeli (an old-time gangster) to Vito Corleone's son, Fredo: "Hey, what's with the food around here?...A kid comes up to me in a white jacket, gives me a Ritz cracker, and uh, chopped liver, he says, 'Canapes.' I said, uh, 'can of peas, my ass, that's a Ritz cracker and chopped liver!' (In Italian to button man Willi Cicci (Joe Spinell): 'We got a barbecue here, so where's the sausage?') Bring out the peppers and sausage!" [from filmsite.org] 171 min. Part I: DVD 908; vhs 999:81; Part II DVD 908; vhs 999:137; Part III: DVD 908
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Santos, Marlisa. "Leave the Gun; Take the Cannoli: Food and Family in the Modern American Mafia Film." In: Reel Food: Essays on Food and Film
Edited by Anne L. Bower. New York: Routledge, 2004 (Main Stack PN1995.9.F65.R44 2004)

The Gold Rush (1925)
Directed by Charlie Chaplin; Cast: Charlie Chaplin, Mack Swain, Tom Murray, Henry Bergman, Malcolm Waite, Georgia Hale. Classic Chaplin (the Little Tramp) prospects for gold, gets involved with a dance hall girl, and deals with a burly competitor during the Yukon gold rush. This is the 1942 re-release version with music and narration by Chaplin and intertitles deleted.

The Gold Rush features one of the most memorable food scenes in movie history: "Inside the cabin meanwhile, hungry and desperate, the Tramp and Big Jim celebrate "Thanksgiving Dinner," in a famous, classic feast/meal scene. The Tramp and Big Jim are reduced to starvation, so the Tramp resorts to boiling and cooking a tasty dinner for them. He chooses one of his boots as the object of their Thanksgiving dinner, taking on airs as a gourmet at a feast. He watches it cooking on the stove until perfectly simmered. He then carves the boot (splitting and cutting it like a filet), and offers the upper part to Big Jim. He pours water over it like gravy. He chews on the lower sole part, treating it like a delicacy, and he twirls the laces like spaghetti. He daintily sucks the nails, like they were the bones of a game bird, or small fishbones. Indifferent to his comrades plight, Black Larsen stumbles on the claim of Big Jim McKay," while the two of them still wait for relief. Because they have eaten his boot, and he only has rags for clothes, the Tramp must now sit with his foot in the oven to keep warm. When starvation strikes again, Jim suffers more "food" hallucinations, and crazily imagines the Tramp transformed into a giant, plump chicken, ripe for slaughter. He chases his appetizing friend with a gun and later with an axe. The panic-stricken Tramp defends himself with the shot-gun in a hand-to-hand struggle with Jim. A hungry passing bear wanders into the cabin and gets involved in the struggle. The Tramp aims and kills it as it runs off, solving their food problem." [from Tim Dirks' Filmsite] 72 min. DVD 1089

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Orgeron, Devin Anthony. Orgeron, Marsha Gabrielle. "Eating Their Words: Consuming Class a la Chaplin and Keaton." College Literature. 28(1):84-104. 2001 Winter UC users only

Goodfellas (1990)
Directed by Martin Scorsese; starring Robert De Niro, Ray Liotta, Joe Pesci, Lorraine Brocco, Paul Sorvino.

"Deeply disturbing images of food are not the only feature of contemporary cinema's cuisine. Meals, for instance, play an unusually dramatic part in many of Martin Scorsese's films. In Goodfellas, a brutal mafia killing is followed by an alarmingly normal Italian-style meal, served by the director's own mother, Catherine Scorsese. And one of the most sensuous and simultaneously menacing of all food images in modern cinema occurs during a prison scene, as the mafiosi prepare their ritual pasta sauce. The boss (Paul Sorvino), we learn in voice-over, while seeing a massive close-up of chubby fingers at work, 'had this wonderful system for doing the garlic. He used a razor and he used to slice it so thin that it used to liquefy in the pan.' Later, the central figure's drug-fuelled paranoia is signalled by his obsession with the meatballs and tomato sauce he's cooking as the FBI move in. 'Keep and eye on the sauce and watch the helicopters', is almost his last order before the Feds arrive. Throughout Goodfellas, the exacting domesticity of Italian cuisine serves to highlight the terrifying normality of these mobsters." [From LondonFoodFilmFiesta] 146 min. DVD 2843

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Santos, Marlisa. "Leave the Gun; Take the Cannoli: Food and Family in the Modern American Mafia Film." In: Reel Food: Essays on Food and Film
Edited by Anne L. Bower. New York: Routledge, 2004 (Main Stack PN1995.9.F65.R44 2004)

Hamam (The Turkish Bath)(Italy / Turkey / Spain, 1997)
Director, Ferzan Ozpetek. Francesco, a successful designer from Rome, arrives in Istanbul to dispose of an inheritance left him by an aunt he never knew. Once there he discovers that the property is a hamam, a traditional Turkish steam bath. Mehmet, the beautiful son of the hamam's custodian, ushers Francesco into the sultry world of the baths. Enlightened and unbound, Francesco decides to remain in Istanbul and restore the hamam. "Exquisitely constructed with sensual imagery, mouthwatering meals and tantalizing rhythms, Hamam (Steam) proffers a view into the ethereal mecca that is Istanbul, interweaving the stories of two people who found it necessary to escape and re-invent their lives. ...Ozpetek is a sensitive director. He takes his time. He doesn't rush. He allows the natural rhythms to settle and pays particular attention to food." [From LondonFoodFilmFiesta] 96 min. DVD 2698
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The Immigrant (1917)
Director, Charlie Chaplin. "In The Immigrant, released June 17, 1917, the Tramparrives in the "land of liberty" on a boat full of immigrants, finds money, and then tries to eat in a restaurant. The first exchange in the restaurant revolves around the Tramp's confusion over the social convention of removing one's hat at the dinner table--something that is utterly lost when the waiter attempts to politely remind the Tramp of his impropriety. Their comic exchange is based upon a fundamental miscommunication: the Tramp is hungry and wants food, the waiter simply wants the Tramp to behave in a fashion befitting a public dining room. Upon eventually receiving his class-marked serving of beans...the Tramp proceeds to eat them one by one until he succumbs to his hunger and begins to shovel the beans into his mouth. The gag is humorous precisely because the spectator intuits the irony of the Tramp's hunger in conflict with the restaurants middle class conventions. His attempts at genteel behavior are thus thwarted by his visceral needs; he is hungry, not attempting to fit into the social conventions of public food consumption." [Orgeron; Gabrielle, 2001] UC users only] DVD 8

Orgeron, Devin Anthony. Orgeron; Gabrielle, Marsha. "Eating Their Words: Consuming Class a la Chaplin and Keaton." College Literature. 28(1):84-104. 2001 Winter UC users only

Charlie Chaplin bibliography

Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (1984)
Director, Steven Spielberg. Cast: Harrison Ford, Kate Capshaw, Amrish Puri, Roshan Seth, Philip Stone, Ke Huy Quan. "A good banquet variation slips into Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom. Monkey brains anyone? The gelatinous delicacy doesn't sit too well with Western stomachs. Indy and femme fatale pal Wilhelmina can't quite share the Thuggee affection for the special dish." [from Stu Kobak's Meals on Reels] 118 min. DVD 4611; vhs 999:1285

Joy Luck Club (1993)
Directed by Wayne Wang. "This film, based on the novel by Amy Tan, explores the relationship between four mothers who were born in China and eventually arrived in America, and their daughters. Given the important role food plays in Chinese culture, it's not surprising that many of the more dramatic moments take place either in the kitchen or at the dinner table. In one classic scene, the boyfriend of one of the daughters inadvertently insults his future mother-in-law when he agrees that a dish she has prepared tastes too salty. To make matters worse, he proceeds to douse his food in soy sauce. Most of the time food does not play that major a role, but it is nearly always present in the background." [from Rhonda Parkinson'sChinese Food in the Movies] DVD 3151; vhs 999:1042

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Kramer vs. Kramer (1979)
Directed by Robert Benton; Cast: Dustin Hoffman, Meryl Streep, Jane Alexander, Justin Henry. When his wife walks out on Ted Kramer and his six-year-old son they have a chance to really get to know each other. Then Ted's wife returns demanding her son back and precipitating a battle for custody of the child. 125 min.

"We know that Ted Kramer's (Dustin Hoffman's) wife has left home, but we are not aware of how difficult life will be for Ted until we watch him attempt to make breakfast for his eight-year-old son Billy (Justin Henry). We realize, from his inability to negotiate his way around his own kitchen, that Ted has never prepared breakfast for Billy, who seems more cabable than Ted. ... The food which Ted and Billy eat, and their behavior at mealtimes becomes our best ways to gauge the quality of their changing relationship during Kramer vs. Kramer." [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)] 105 min. DVD 3646

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Awards

Academy Award - Best Picture; Best Director
Directors Guild of America, USA - Outstanding Directorial Achievement
Golden Globes, USA - Best Motion Picture - Drama
Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards - Best Picture; Best Director
National Society of Film Critics Awards, USA - Best Director
New York Film Critics Circle Awards - Best Film

Lady and the Tramp (1955)
Disney animated feature. Voices: Peggy Lee, Barbara Luddy, Larry Roberts, Bill Thompson, Bill Baucon, Steve Freberg, Verna Felton, Alan Reed, George Givot, Dallas McKennon, Lee Millar. Lady, a young cocker spaniel from a respectable home, falls in love with Tramp, a mutt who lives in the railroad yards. They enjoy several outings together, including a memorable spaghetti dinner by moonlight at Tony's. DVD 132; vhs 999:1958
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The Loved One (1965)
Directed by Tony Richardson. Robert Morse, Jonathan Winters, Anjanette Comer with cameo guest stars Dana Andrews, Milton Berle, James Coburn, John Gielgud, Tab Hunter, Margaret Leighton, Liberace, Roddy McDowall, Robert Morley, Barbara Nichols, Lionel Stander, Rod Steiger. A bemused would-be poet gets himself entangled with an unctuous cemetery entrepreneur, a mom-obsessed mortician and other bizarre characters. "Not every treatment of cuisine on screen emphasizes the beauty of the food. The extremes twist our view of food and manage to disgust us. Take Richard Lester's fine adaptation of the Evelyn Waugh satire The Loved One. Not everything in the movie works equally well, but the wonderfully disgusting portrait of Mr. Joy Boy serving his obese mother an endless parade of food is a passionate cinema food treatise delivered with the greatest of gourmand gracelessness. Mr. Joy Boy dances around his mother with tiny temptations like whole roast turkeys and Rod Steiger has a field day as the mortician whose mother lays transfixed by television commercials coddled comfortably in the layers of her own fat. When Steiger dances in to his mother's comfortable bed dining position singing Momma's Little Joy Boy loves cookin, cookin, it's the height of gourmandize bad taste. Can you bake a cherry pie charming Joy Boy?" [Kobak, Stu. "Meals on Reels." 121 min. DVD 5762
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Modern Times (1936)
Directed by Charlie Chaplin. Cast: Chaplin, Paulette Goddard, Henry Bergman, Stanley Sandford, Chester Conklin, Hank Mann, Allan Garcia, Stanley Blystone, Dick Alexander, Cecil Reynolds, Myra McKinney. The Little Tramp is an oppressed assembly-line factory worker who is used as a guinea pig for his employer's test of a new "Automatic Feeding Machine". He battles it out with technology, unemployment, jail, burglars, demanding customers and bosses. In the midst of his tribulations, he meets up with the girl of his dreams, "The Gamin". They win some and lose more but, at the end, they walk undaunted into the sunrise. 103 min. DVD 1778; DVD 195; vhs 999:47
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Orgeron, Devin Anthony. Orgeron, Marsha Gabrielle. "Eating Their Words: Consuming Class a la Chaplin and Keaton." College Literature. 28(1):84-104. 2001 Winter UC users only

Monty Python's The Meaning of Life (UK, 1983)
Directed by Terry Jones. Cast: Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones, Michael Palin. Includes the saga of Mr. Creosote, a grotesquely overweight patron of a fancy restaurant who turns the eatery into a vomitorium before he explodes from excessive gluttony. 107 min. DVD 1873
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Moonstruck(1987)
Directed by Norman Jewison; Cast: Cher, Nicolas Cage, Olympia Dukakis, Vincent Gardenia, Danny Aiello. Loretta Castorini (Cher), a beautiful soon-to-be-wed Italian widow has the misfortune to meet--and fall hopelessly in love with--her fiancee's estranged brother in this sophisticated romantic comedy about the loves, jealousies, and entanglements facing an Italian-American family in Brooklyn. 103 min. DVD X367

Moonstruck is a film that uses food and food sharing as the focal point for a great many scenes. Much of the action takes place in the Grand Ticino restaurant, the family grocery store, the bakery, the family's dining room, or the kitchen. Food is used as a means of conveying family relationships, ethnicity, and the changing moods of the characters. At one point, Rose (Dukakis), the family matriarch, confronts her doddering father-in-law at the dinner table: "Feed one more bite of my food to your dogs, old man, and I'll kick you to death!"). The climatic scene takes place in the large, Castorini family kitchen. With the extended family assembled, Loretta confronts her feckless fiancee (Aiello), and Ronnie (Cage) proposes to her. In the scene, food is used as a comic anchoring device that brings the family together, and drink serves as the introduction to a romantic and joyous finale. DVD X367; vhs 999:1605

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Awards

Academy Award - Best Actress (Char); Best Supporting Actress (Olympia Dukakis)
Golden Globes - Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture, Comedy/Musical (Cher); Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture (Olympia Dukakis)
Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards - Best Supporting Actress (Olympia Dukakis
National Board of Review, USA - Best Supporting Actress (Olympia Dukakis

Carolan, Mary Ann McDonald. "Italian American Women as Comic Foils: Exploding the Stereotype in My Cousin Vinny, Moonstruck, and Married to the Mob." Lit: Literature Interpretation Theory. 13(2):155-66. 2002 Apr-June
Corliss, Richard. "Moonstruck." (movie reviews) Time v131, n2 (Jan 11, 1988):80 (2 pages).
Denby, David. "Moonstruck." (movie reviews) New York v21, n1 (Jan 4, 1988):44.
Gross, John. "Moonstruck." (movie reviews) New York Times v137, sec2 (Sun, Feb 14, 1988):H33(N), H33(L), col 1, 28 col in.
Kael, Pauline. "Moonstruck." (movie reviews) New Yorker v63, n49 (Jan 25, 1988):99 (2 pages).
Maslin, Janet. "Moonstruck." (movie reviews) New York Times v137 (Wed, Dec 16, 1987):24(N), C22(L), col 1, 11 col in.

My Big Fat Greek Wedding (2002)
Directed by Joel Zwick. Cast: Nia Vardalos, John Corbett, Lainie Kazan, Michael Constantine, Gia Carides, Louis Mandylor, Bess Meisler, Andrea Martin, Joey Fantone. Toula is a quiet, devoted daughter in a big, crazy Greek family. "Toula Portokalos ruefully comments that like all Greek women, she was put upon this earth for three purposes: to marry a Greek man, to have Greek children, and to feed everyone until the day she dies. When she defies two of these expectations by falling in love Ian Miller, a WASP vegetarian, neither the couple nor their families can quite comprehend the eating habits of the other's culture. At the wedding reception Toula's father, who specialized in finding the Greek root of any word, declares that "Miller" comes from the Greek word for apple, and "Portokalos" is based on the Greek word for oranges--and so "in the end we're all fruits.'" [Pat Shufeldt Greenville (SC) County Library System] 95 min. DVD 1564
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Oliver! (1968)
Directed by Carol Reed. Cast: Ron Moody, Oliver Reed, Harry Secombe, Shani Wallis, Mark Lester. A musical version of the novel by Charles Dickens in which a young orphan, Oliver is left to fend for himself until he is befriended by a band of young thieves who quickly train him in their craft. Oliver's brazen mealtime request ("Please, Sir, I want some more!") and his song "Food, Glorious Food!" is a highlight of this musical. (see http://lyricsplayground.com/alpha/songs/f/foodgloriousfood.shtml) for lyrics. 145 min. DVD 5721
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Awards
Academy Awards - Best Picture
Golden Globe Awards - Best Motion Picture Musical/Comedy; Best Motion Picture Actor - Musical/Comedy (Ron Moody)

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Ordinary People (1980)
Directed by Robert Redford. Cast: Donald Sutherland, Mary Tyler Moore, Judd Hirsch, Timothy Hutton. The "ordinary" existence of an upper middle class family is shattered with the death of the elder son in a boating accident and the struggle of the younger son against suicide and guilt left by the drowning.

"One of the most powerful examples of this 'dysfunctional family' dining experience is Ordinary People, a film which...includes scenes of food throughout. So many scenes take place in the dining room or the kitchen of the Jarett home that we begin to see these rooms as the 'heart' of the family organism in this film. And, by the end of the film, they will represent a broken heart." [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)]124 min. DVD 3645; vhs 999:2804

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Awards

Academy Awards - Best Picture; Best Director
Golden Globe Awards - Best Picture; Best Director
National Board of Review, USA - Best Film; Best Director
New York Film Critics Circle Awards - Best Film
Directors Guild of America, USA - Outstanding Directorial Achievement

Eberwein, Robert T. "The Structure of Ordinary People." Literature Film Quarterly; 1983, Vol. 11 Issue 1, p9, 7p UC users only
Hajal, Fady. "Family Mythology: Ordinary People" Literature Film Quarterly, 1983, Vol. 11 Issue 1, p3, 6pUC users only
Harper, Mark. "Paranoia, Cold Surveillance, and the Maternal Gaze : Reconsidering the "Absent Mother'' in Ordinary People." In: Motherhood misconceived : representing the maternal in U.S. films / edited by Heather Addison, Mary Kate Goodwin-Kelly, Elaine Roth. Albany : State University of New York Press, c2009. (Main (Gardner) Stacks HQ759 .M8745 2009)
Horrigan, Patrick E. "The inner life of Ordinary people." In: Screening disability : essays on cinema and disability / edited by Christopher R. Smit, Anthony Enns. Lanham, Md. : University Press of America, 2001. (Main Stack PN1995.9.H34.S39 2001)
Luhr, William. "Ordinary People: Feminism and Psychotherapy on a See-Saw." In: Florida State University Conference on Literature and Film (14th : 1989) Cultural power/cultural literacy : selected papers from the Fourteenth Annual Florida State University Conference pp: 50-60. Tallahassee : Florida State University Press ; Gainesville, FL : (Main Stack PN1993.5.U6.F57 1989; Moffitt PN1993.5.U6.F57 1989)

Pay Day (1922)
Directed by Charles Chaplin. A humble working man is confused about the amount of his paycheck and how to keep it away from his wife. In one scene, a fellow worker places his lunch on an elevator just as it comes back down. As soon as he lets go the elevator goes next to the hungry, lunch-less Charlie. Charlie takes the contents out which are a BIG loaf of bread and a sausage. He drills a hole in the bread and stuffs the sausage in. The loaf is too big so he takes a corkscrew and pulls out the sausage. He puts the bread down on the elevator and pulls the sausage off the corkscrew. The elevator goes down with the bread and the original owner of the sandwich takes it. 26 min. DVD 235
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Orgeron, Devin Anthony. Orgeron, Marsha Gabrielle. "Eating Their Words: Consuming Class a la Chaplin and Keaton." College Literature. 28(1):84-104. 2001 Winter UC users only

Charlie Chaplin bibliography

Playtime (France / Italy, 1967)
Directed by Jacques Tati. A group of American tourists arrive in Paris, only to find that the city is indistinguishable from any other big city. Endless comedies ensue however, when the path of Monsieur Hulot (Tati) crosses that of the group. "The last long sequence in the film involves the opening night of a restaurant at which everything goes wrong, and the more it goes wrong, the more the customers are able to relax and enjoy themselves. The sequence involves a multitude of running jokes, which simultaneously unfold at all distances from the camera; the only stable reference point is supplied by a waiter who rips his pants on the modern chairs and goes to hide behind a pillar. There he is implored by other waiters to lend them his clean towel, his untorn jacket, his shoes and his bowtie, until finally he is a complete mess, an exhibit of haberdashery mishaps." [Roger Ebert / August 29, 2004] 120 min. DVD 893; vhs 999:1500
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Pretty Woman (1990)
Directed by Garry Marshall. Cast: Richard Gere, Julia Roberts, Ralph Bellamy. "A hooker with a heart of gold but the table manners and palate sophistication of a six-year-old, this Cinderella story, like many, includes gourmandizing and dining etiquette as part of the female domestication process. Here, Vivian (Julia Roberts) learns that in the upper class, strawberries are served with champagne and meant to be savored, not devoured, and a business lunch may involve strange foods and copious utensils. Still, in this fairy tale that celebrates respectability while decrying wealthy pretension, Vivian's fumbles make her exceedingly sympathetic and almost worthy of the worship." [from Gastronomica: Food in Film] 119 min. DVD X2532;
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Prime Cut (1972)
Directed by Michael Ritchie. Cast: Lee Marvin, Gene Hackman, Sissy Spacek, Gregory Walcott, Angel Tompkins. A Kansas City mobster uses a meat processing factory as a front for his drug and prostitution business. There, gangsters are ground into sausage, and women are sold like cattle. Things change, however, when Chicago tough guy Nick comes to town. 86 min. DVD 6261
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The Public Enemy(1931)
Directed by William A. Wellman. Cast: James Cagney, Jean Harlow, Edward Woods, Joan Blondell. Tom Powers (Cagney) begins his life of crime at an early age with his companion Matt Doyle. Powers' eventual rise to a notorious prohibition gangster is only darkened when a rival gang brutally murders his childhood friend. Powers tries to avenge Doyle's death but his efforts lead to a chilling and savage conclusion. "In one of the most vividly remembered and vicious scenes in film history, the breakfast scene in Tom's apartment the next morning, he walks sleepily to the breakfast table in his striped pajamas. He is in a foul mood, bored, grouchy and irritable after a demanding phone conversation with Nails Nathan. (Matt and Mamie can be heard dallying in bed in the adjoining room.) In contrast, Tom has grown tired of his relationship with moll girlfriend Kitty. At the table, she greets him without a smile. He asks her for a beer for breakfast and she talks back:

Tom: Ain't you got a drink in the house?
Kitty: Well, not before breakfast, dear.
Tom: I didn't ask you for any lip. I asked you if you had a drink.
Kitty: I know, Tom, but I-I wish that...
Tom: There you go with that wishin' stuff again. I wish you was a wishing well, so that I could tie a bucket to ya and sink ya.
Kitty: (provokingly) Maybe you've found someone you like better.

He looks down, makes a nasty grimace, and then impulsively picks up a grapefruit half from his plate and contemptuously pushes it into her face to end their relationship. She looks down, physically and painfully hurt and emotionally embarrassed by his crudeness. It is one of the single-most cruel acts ever depicted in a film. His life of crime has made him cruel and hardened." [from Tim Dirks' FilmSite] 84 min. DVD 3514; vhs 999:33

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Saturday Night Fever (1977)
Directed by John Badham; starring John Travolta, Karen Lynn Gorney, Barry Miller, Joseph Cali, Paul Pape, Bruce Ornstein, Donna Pescow. The story of an Brooklyn store clerk who is an Italian American Saturday night disco king; he begins to question the narrowness of his perspective when he meets a girl who is shedding her origins for a more sophisticated lifestyle.

"Tony Manera (Travolta) arrives home from his job at the paint store in time to primp before his mirror and have dinner with his family before he joins his friends for a night of dancing. Before he begins to eat, he dons a bib so that he won't drip spaghetti on his good shirt. We notice this gesture, but his family seems otherwise occupied; they are busy fighting with each other as they fill their plates with food. Tony's father is angry with everyone because he has lost his job, and Tony's mother has bought food too expensive for their budget. When Tony serves himself two pork chops, his father slaps him across the face. Before this meal is over, several members of Tony's family will have left the table in anger, and ultimately, several will either have slapped someone or will have been slapped." [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)] 112 min.DVD 6222

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Jordan, Chris. "Gender and class mobility in Saturday Night Fever and Flashdance." Journal of Popular Film and Television (24:3) 1996, 116-22.

Silence of the Lambs (1991)
Directed by Jonathan Demme; Cast: Jodie Foster, Anthony Hopkins, Scott Glenn. A young female FBI agent is sent to interview notorious cannibalistic killer, Dr. Hannibal Lecter in hopes of obtaining information that will help the bureau catch another killer. Based on the novel by Thomas Harris.

In one of the most memorable sequences "Lecter graphically tells her about his ferocious oral impulses and how he eats parts of his victims:

'A census taker once tried to test me. I ate his liver with some fava beans and a nice Chi-an-ti. (He approaches the glass and lets go with a slurping sound.) You fly back to school now, little Starling. (He turns his back on her and speaks in a whisper.) Fly, fly, fly. Fly, fly, fly.' [from Tim Dirks' Greatest Movies] 118 min. DVD 5475; vhs 999:1998

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Awards

Academy Awards - Best Picture; Best Director; Best Actor (Anthony Hopkins); Best Actress (Jodie Foster)
Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USA - Best Horror Film
British Academy of Film and Television Arts Awards - Best Actor; Best Actress
Directors Guild of America - Outstanding Directorial Achievement
Golden Globes - Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture, Drama
London Critics Circle Film Awards - Film of the Year; Director of the Year; Actor of the Year; Actress of the Year
National Board of Review, USA - Best Film; Best Director; Best Supporting Actor (Anthony Hopkins)
New York Film Critics Circle Awards - Best Film; Best Director; Best Actor (Anthony Hopkins); Best Actress (Jodie Foster)

Spanglish (2004)
Directed by James L. Brooks. Cast: Adam Sandler, Tea Leoni, Paz Vega, Cloris Leachman, Shelbie Bruce, Sarah Steele, Ian Hyland, Victoria Luna. When Flor and her daughter, Christina come to the United States, Flor gets a job as a maid at the home of a successful chef John Clasky and his family. Despite Flor's lack of an English, she does the best she can to assist the Clasky family in more than just house cleaning matters. However, when Flor is forced to live with the family over the summer, she has no choice but to bring Christina along. John's wife, much to Flor's disliking, treats Christina much like her own and at the same time she hurts the feelings of her own daughter, Bernice. When John's dreams begin to unravel, he begins to feel like his whole world is coming down around him. Told through Christina's college letter to Princeton University, Christina learns that things come and go in life, but family is the most important thing a person can have.

"After meticulously preparing what looks like the most delicious egg sandwich in history, Adam Sandler's chef is about to take that first mouthwatering bite when he's berated by -- and instantly smitten with -- his live-in maid (Paz Vega). Is it love ... or was it the sandwich?" 131 min. DVD 8263

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Titus (1962)

Directed by Julie Taymor. Cast: Anthony Hopkins, Jessica Lange, Alan Cumming, Colm Feore, James Frain, Laura Fraser, Harry Lennix, Angus Macfadyen, Matthew Rhys, Jonathain Rhys Meyers. "Julie Taymor's striking Shakespearean adaptation Titus is far from a food movie. While the bloodbath of revenge dominates the horrific vision, Taymor's imagination does conjure up some demented displays of food. The coronation feast is an sumptuously overripe vision of excess. But the food highlight comes as Titus himself plays mad baker dancing around the table with the addled glee of a Pillsbury poster boy while serving a memorably disgusting concoction." [from Stu Kobak's Meals on Reels] DVD 335
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To Kill a Mockingbird (1962)
Directed by Robert Mulligan. Cast: Gregory Peck, Brock Peters, Mary Badham. A small-town Southern lawyer loses friends and social position when he defends a black man unjustly accused of rape, but gains the esteem of his motherless children.

In one scene, the young narrator of the film, Scout (Mary Badham), gets into a fight with a classmate, Walther, because: He made me start off on the wrong foot. I was trying to explain to that darn lady teacher why he didn't have no money for his lunch, and she got sore at me."Scout's brother Jem "promises that his "crazy" sister won't fight with him any more and then invites young Walter over to the Finch household for a dinner of roast beef (corn bread, turnips and rice) rather than his usual fare of 'squirrels and rabbits.' ...Scout watches Walter as he liberally pours thick syrup all over his meal. Appalled and disgusted, she hurts his feelings: "He's gone and drown-ded his dinner in syrup and then he's pourin' it all over." In the kitchen, the black housekeeper Calpurnia (Estelle Evans) gives Scout a lesson about manners and tolerance:'That boy is your company. And if he wants to eat up that tablecloth, you let him, you hear? And if you can't act fit to eat like folks, you can just set here and eat in the kitchen.' [from Tim Dirks' Memorable Moments from Great Movies!] 129 min.DVD 2934; vhs 999:89

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Tom Jones (UK, 1963)
Director, Tony Richardson. Cast: Albert Finney, Susannah York, Hugh Griffith, Edith Evans, Joan Greenwood, Diane Cilento. Lusty tale set in 18th century England. Tom Jones is an orphan raised by the village squire who grows up to be a handsome young man with a way with women. He loves the daughter of a neighboring landowner, and falls into many adventures in pursuit of her, including duels, bedroom romps and prison!

Features "one of the most memorable demonstrations of the link between food and sex ever committed to celluloid, giving new meaning to the term "human appetite." The famous, sex-drenched eating scene between Tom (Albert Finney) and, (all unknowingly) possibly his mother Mrs. Waters (Joyce Redman) begins naturally enough with big steaming pewter bowls of soup, whereat Mrs. Waters leans well over the table and lustily slurps big round spoonsful, breasts tumbling out of her bodice, with a more-than-come-hither look. Tom, nearly overcome, involuntarily rips a claw off the langouste he has in his hand and sucks happily on it. Drafts of ale, turkey, oysters, pears, and wine are then dispatched with loving attention." [quoted from LondonFoodFiesta] 121 min. DVD 2520; vhs 999:698

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Awards

Academy Awards - Best Picture, Best Director
British Academy of Film and Television Arts Awards - Best British Film; Best Film from any Source; Best British Actor (Albert Finney)
Directors Guild of America - Outstanding Directorial Achievement
Golden Globes - Best Motion Picture - Musical/Comedy; Most Promising Newcomer - Male (Albert Finney)
National Board of Review, USA - Best Film; Best Director
New York Film Critics Circle Awards - Best Film; Best Director; Best Actor (Albert Finney)
Venice Film Festival - Best Actor (Albert Finney)

Walkabout (UK, 1982)
Directed by Nicolas Roeg; Cast: Jenny Agutter, Lucien John [i.e, Luc Roeg], David Gumpilil [i.e., Gulpilil], John Meillon. Stranded in the Australian desert two city children, an English girl and her small brother, are rescued by an Aborigine boy who has journeyed into the outback on his "walkabout"--a tribal initiation into manhood.

"Walkabout is about many things but one of its main themes for me is that of wastage. This is shown throughout the film. The aboriginal boy uses every part of the animals that he kills ? the meat for food, the sinews for cord, and even the fluids for the treatment of sunburn. By contrast, white man is shown to be very wasteful of the things he kills and sometimes he kills for no other purpose than sport. These conflicting approaches are shown in a non-didactic fashion, simply by cutting between the aboriginal boy preparing food and the white man?s methods, and it is left to the audience to make its own judgements. The way food is ?sanitized? in white culture is also explored. When the aboriginal boy serves up possum to the girl and boy, it still looks very much like a possum. By contrast, the steak that finally ends up on the dinner plates of white suburban houses looks far removed from the cows that it originally was." ["Australian Film: the Year 2000 in Review" by Tom Conyers. Senses of Cinema] 93 min. DVD 930

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War of the Roses (1989)
Directed by Danny DeVito. Cast: Michael Douglas, Kathleen Turner, Danny DeVito, G.D. Spradlin. A once happy marriage disintegrates into an escalating war as the couple, having decided to divorce, fight over the division of their possessions. It becomes a deliriously mean-spirited free-for-all in which nothing --- not the pets, not the cars and certainly not themselves -- is sacred. Features some particularly nasty examples of dinner table as conjugal battle ground. 116 min. DVD 1701
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Wedding Banquet (Hsi yen)(Taiwan / USA, 1993)
Directed by Ang Lee. Cast: Ah-Leh Gua, Sihung Lung, May Chin, Winston Chao, Mitchell Lichtenstein. A comedy about the relationship between a gay Asian american and his Taiwanese parents. In New York, the Taiwanese half of the gay couple hopes to end his parents' matchmaking by announcing that he's engaged. What he doesn't count on is that they'll fly in to meet the bride and plan the nuptials.

Wedding Banquet features two wedding feasts: one small meal where no one's happy; the other is a huge Chinese feast for the wedding couple. Amid the culinary opulence, the new "husband's" gay partner sits at the head table along with the husband's bewildered parents. 109 min. DVD 2727; vhs 999:1495

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When Harry Met Sally(1989)
Directed by Rob Reiner. Cast: Billy Crystal, Meg Ryan, Carrie Fisher, Bruno Kirby. "Reiner's hopelessly romantic comedy about a man (Billy Crystal) and woman (Meg Ryan) who can't stop running into each other and assessing their compatibility or lack thereof. Lots of dining and food-related events bring them into contact, including a deli where Sally famously fakes an orgasm, which not only relieves their denied sexual tension but endears her to a neighboring patron (played by director Reiner's mom)." [from Gastronomica: Food in Film] 96 min. DVD 1751
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Abrams, Nathan. ""I'll have whatever she's having": Jews, food, and film?" 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)

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