Food & Eating in the movies

Food is an eternal presence into our lives and cultures, and it can calls out an infinite number of possibilities linked with the self. The eternal question - should we live to work or work to live -  is nowadays paralleled by the much tastier- should we live to eat or live to eat - one. Just have a look to a few movie scenes to notice how powerfully the gastronomy culture permeates who we are as well as our actions.

- In Inglorious Basterds (2009) by Quentin Tarantino, Austrian SS Officer Colonel Hans Landa enjoys a strudel mounted with whipped cream in the company of Shosanna, a Jewish cinema owner who has secret plans to kill Adolph Hitler. The shady tension and implicit relation between food and human aberration is herein epical.

- Marie Antoinette (2006) by Sophie Coppola is a pop revisitation of the lavish lifestyle led by Louis XVI's wife. Candies are, amongst others, a declaration of independence and a diversion from boredom of the court of Versailles.

- Charles Laughton gives a foodtastic monarch portrayal in The Private Life of Henry VIII (1933) by putting out a liberating yet highly simbolic scene when devouring the chicken. He's in a state of fury at having been nagged by all and sundry, including the royal barber, to marry yet again, despite having had three wives already. By the end of the film he has had six wives, the fifth of whom, Catherine Howard  sings to him during dinner once he's finished demolishing his chicken.

- Marilyn Monroe plays The Blonde in this Prince and the Showgirl (1957)scene when the prince invites her to dinner, having already enjoyed supper himself, and leaves her disappointedly alone enjoying caviar and Russian Olivier salad. After a couple of phonecalls the gentleman returns: "How is everything?" and Marilyn, playing dumb answers: "Just dandy".

- Food can be therapeutic, as explained in Eat, Pray, Love (2010)

- The Thin Man (1934) is an extraordinary mix of well humored and light hearted witty lines - "Nice food, isn't it?"- on a non consumed supper -  "Yes, indeed, it's the best dinner I ever listened to". Just hilarious.

- This scene from 9 and 1/2 Weeks talks for itself about the explosive aphrodisiac power of food

Legendary italian movie icon Alberto Soldi had an american dream in the eternal city. His character in An American in Rome (1954) is obsessed with everything american. However, he soon found a nice spaghetti dish much more interesting than a rather improvised milk with mustard. The Italian way.

The shy Amelie Poulain (2001) decides to change the lives of those around her for the better. She cultivates a remarkable taste for small pleasures, such as dipping her hand into sacks of grain or cracking créme brulée with a teaspoon.