RE: [Videolib] Trivia or...? You decide: Food on Film

Chris McNevins (
Thu, 22 May 2003 09:19:29 -0400

Here's one I haven't yet seen on this list. In the Drama/horror catagory we

The Cook the Thief His Wife & Her Lover (1989)

The wife of a barbaric crime boss engages in a secretive romance with a
gentle bookseller between meals at her husband's restaurant. Food, colour
coding, sex, murder, torture and cannibalism are the exotic fare in this
beautifully filmed but brutally uncompromising modern fable which has been
interpreted as an allegory for Thatcherism.

It's pretty gruesome and brutal--yet utterly mesmerizing at the same

Chris McNevins
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University of Connecticut
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-----Original Message-----
From: Gary Handman []
Sent: Wednesday, May 21, 2003 1:24 PM
Subject: [Videolib] Trivia or...? You decide: Food on Film

Hi all:

Well not trivia really (but sorta): I'm putting together a food in the
movies web page (and bibliography) for a course here on the politics and
culture of food (cool, eh?). Take a look

I know there's more...I could use your help.

Here are the ground rules:

1. Movie or scene must "say" something substantive about the relationship
of food/eating/cooking to race/ethnicity, gender, class, sex, etc. etc.
etc. The usual academic focuses...
2. Movie must be available on video (because I'm relating this page to
stuff we own or can acquire)
3. Give me a two to four line description of the movie or scene and I'll
put your name up in lights on the page.

Bon appetite!

Gary Handman
Media Resources Center
Moffitt Library
UC Berkeley
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