FOOD SPECIAL

EAT DRINK MAN WOMAN - TAMPOPO
JAMON JAMON - LIKE WATER FOR CHOCOLATE
THE GODFATHER - THE STORY OF BOYS AND GIRLS
BABETTE'S FEAST - CROSSING DELANCY
STRANGE BREW


RobinROBIN:
Hi, I'm Robin Clifford and in tonight's special edition of Reeling Laura and I will be showing clips from 10 videos which we recommend.







LauraLAURA:
And I'm Laura Clifford. All these movies are available for rental or purchase from reel.com by clicking on the movie you'd likes name on our 'Video' page.








EAT DRINK MAN WOMAN

LauraLAURA:
Is 'The Wedding Banquet' director Ang Lee's third film and his most satisfying to date.  Sihung Luing is Old Chu, the widowed father of three grown daughters and the retired master chef of Tapei.  When problems crop up at the hotel wedding banquet of an important government official's family, Chu is called in to remedy the situation.

This is a GREAT film and my favorite of all our food themed films tonight as well as one of my favorite two films of 1994 so far.  Not very much goes as you'd expect in this marvelous and touching film and the food preparation is a symphony - the opening 10 or so minutes will blow you away! The Wedding Banquet, Lee's last film, has its share of food in it too and is also recommended, but Eat Drink is the better of the two films and the close of what Lee calls his 'father trilogy'.  I don't see how Ang Lee can get any better and I eagerly await his fourth film!


TAMPOPO

RobinROBIN:
Tampopo has to be my personal favorite food film of all times.

The main story is about the title character, the hapless owner of a noodle shop whose dream is to make the best noodles. She does this with the help of a mysterious stranger who rides in to town, not on a horse, but aboard an eighteen wheeler.

Woven throughout the film are all kinds of metaphors of food for sex - my favorite - success, love, philosophy, passion, you name it, its got it.

Tampopo is about food - pure and simple. It's an A+ food film.


JAMON JAMON

LauraLAURA:
Is a Spanish sex farce that uses its food symbollically.  When a rich young man falls in love with a caterer's daughter, his mother, who's in the men's brief business,  tries to break up the romance by sending a hunk she met as an underwear model to romance the young girl.  His regular job is hauling  hams around - note the phallic imagery provided by his ham truck.

This is one of those films where sex is like a game of musical chairs! An amusing film.


LIKE WATER FOR CHOCOLATE

RobinROBIN:
Alphonso Arau's Like Water For Chocolate is the highest grossing foreign language film ever released in the US. Food is magic in the hands of the film's main character, Tita, played by Mexican actress Lumi Cavazos.

The preparation of the meals by Tita are sensuous pleasures in and of themselves, never mind the magical impact they have upon those lucky enough to partake.

This is a passionate film that tickles the senses and gives you one damned fine case of the munchies.

Food as sensuality - ya gotta love it.


THE GODFATHER

LauraLAURA:
If you haven't ever seen this film, what are you waiting for?  If you have, maybe it's time to revisit it and see how symbolically oranges are used throughout.  Here's a mention of cannolis long before the poisoned one of The Godfather III.

A more subtle foodie film, but it definitely IS one.  Also check out Goodfellas to see Paul Sorvino slice garlic with a razor blade and Ray  Liotta prepare his meatballs and sauce while speeding on cocaine!



THE STORY OF BOYS AND GIRLS

RobinROBIN:
The Italian film, the Story of Boys and Girls, is a very sweet little story about two families of different social standing who get together for the engagement party of two of their members.

The preparation for this event is a family-wide event, culminating with the villiage pastor reciting the menu for everyone.

This is a nice little film that uses food more as a way of life and as a device for celibration.

It's a bit muddled at first, with a whole bunch of family intro'd in a short time. Be patient, it's worth it later on.


BABETTE'S FEAST

LauraLAURA:
Babette's Feast is a best foreign language film Oscar winner and it's a magnificent film.  A French woman takes refuge in a bleak coastal Danish village with two spinster sisters whose idea of eating is merely for sustenance, not pleasure.  When Babette comes into a large sum of money, she prepares a feast the likes of which the locals have never seen.

That's a wonderfully human, warm film.  I think it's a great one to watch around the holidays - it has that kind of spirit.


CROSSING DELANCEY

RobinROBIN:
Crossing Delancey is, at its heart, a Jewish film and, because of this, food plays a prominent role throughout the film.

Here, without a word, we see the lowly pickle represent things like social status, class, and rejection.

Crossing Delancey is a great example of an ethnic food film, and it tells a very sweet and believable love story.

It also has a marvelous performance by a 74 year old Yiddish theatre actress in her first English language production - Reizel Bozyk as Amy Irving's bubbe. You'll love her.


FRENZY

LauraLAURA:
My most perverse choice is Alfred Hitchcock's 'Frenzy' about a necktie strangler.  This was Hitch's most lurid film, and is often dismissed as subpar because of this.  Actually, there's lots going on in this film, including two distinct food themes.  The suspect works in the Haymarket type section of London and is constantly backdropped around fruits and vegetables - one nude female body is even discovered in a potato truck! In the secondary, far more amusing food subtext, the chief inspector on the case must bear the burden of his wife's attempts at gourmet cooking.

A neat and often overlooked Hitchcock gem - be warned, though, that this one's a little bit mature in the Hitchcock genre - there's actually nudity in this one.


STRANGE BREW

RobinROBIN:
Laura was very considerate in picking films for this show and wanted to include a film for those of you out there who think of jelly donuts and beer as good eating.

We may be stretching the food bit here, but Strange Brew has always been a really goofy favorite of mine. We even had a Strange Brew party where sustainance was composed soley of Canadian beer and donuts.

We hope you try our recommendations and let us know what you think of them and the show by emailing either myself or Laura. And remember, all of these movies are available to rent or but from this site from reel.com by clicking on the movies title on our Video page.


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