Wednesday, November 02, 2005

Foodie Movies

I am quite a movie buff, and there are a number of food related films that I think are essential viewing for any foodie. Here are a few that I love:

Like Water for Chocolate
based on the book by Laura Esquivel (also a great book). A young, upper class Mexican woman embues all the food she cooks with emotion and magic.
Chocolat
based on the book by Joanne Harris, starring Juliette Binoche and Lena Olin (among many others). A mysterious young woman and her child arrive in a provincial French town and open a Chocolaterie, impacting the lives of the very proper townspeople.
91/2 Weeks and
Last Tango in Paris
Starring Kim Basinger & Mickey Rourke and Marlon Brando respectively. You know the scenes I mean ;->.
Babette's Feast
from the story by Isak Dinesen. The mysterious Babette arrives in a small Danish town, influences a pair of sisters to venture away from their usual plain food, and scandalizes the townspeople.
Mostly Martha
A shy, absorbed chef unexpectedly gains custody of her young niece, and begins to venture out of her shell.
Apocalypse Now
from Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad. Starring Marlon Brando and Martin Sheen.
Chef's description of the army's disposition of a load of perfectly marbled beef is classic!

This is just a few--there are many many more. If anyone has anything to add, feel free to let me know! I'm always eager to see a new film.

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