Food in Films
I can't remember why but I was thinking about food in films, possibly because I was cramming a pizza in my mouth at the time, but I started to think, just how many films are there with food in them?
As I started coming up with film titles I realised that there were a couple of ways that food was in films. There are films that are all about food, films that just have food in the title, and films that are related to food, and somewhere they all cross over.
So I was off, and I'm salivating already...
First I thought about films with food in the title, and straight away Mystic Pizza came to mind, and it's been ages since I saw that film, and the most memorable moment is the Porsche getting filled with manure. Well I think it was manure!
Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory popped up too, both versions are good films, but I love the original, and that really is filled with food.
Other titles I thought of were Fried Green Tomatoes, American Pie, Dumplings (Gaau ji), Attack of the Killer Tomatoes, Chocalat, and loads more, however I'm going to pass that over to you and see how many more you can come up with.
I found that I was also picking out film where the title had food in it but the film wasn't anything to do with food. Hard Candy (Filmstalker review) is probably the best example of that. A child holding a man hostage and torturing him doesn't really have any grub in it at all. Layer Cake, A Clockwork Orange, Meatballs (could this be a planned remake?), more examples of films that really don't have anything to do with food in them.
Although saying that there was one title I wasn't sure about Solyent Green. Well it is about food in a way, just not food as we know it! It's also an excellent film which holds up surprisingly well to the test of time and is perhaps more relevant today than it ever has been.
That leads me onto the topic of films that are related to food in some way, I guess Solyent Green falls into that category, but there are others too. Who’s Killing the Great Chefs of Europe? Is a film that is being remade right now. The Cook, the Thief, his Wife, her Lover is another fine example.
Sideways (Filmstalker review) is perhaps stretching it a little, although it is a great film and red wine is something of a staple dietary addition!
I have a feeling if this feature works well that we might tackle another subject, the best film food scene, but for now what films can you think of that has food in them in some way, either the title, in the film itself, or is just in some way related to food. What's the weirdest food connection you can get?