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Jun 15, 2006 06:52 PM

What are your favorite foodie movies?

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I think film directors show more imagination, sensuality and sensibility in their food scenes than their sex scenes. Tampopo, Babette's Feast and The Big Night are near the top of my list. What are your favorite chowish movies/scenes from movies?

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  1. Here's a thread from last year 'round this time to get you started.


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    1. re: DanaB

      A significant omission: the spectacularly bawdy dining scene between Albert Finney and Joyce Redman in "Tom Jones" (1963). Even by today's standards, it's breathtaking. Ah, the 18th century....

      1. re: DanaB

        Lillies of the Field !!!

        It was on PBS recently and Sidney Poitier deserved the Academy award just for the way he described breakfast. He turned those nothing words in the screenplay into everything that is good and delicious and joyful about breakfast.

        It NEVER gets mentioned because it is so old.

        If you are a hound, buy this movie just for that. I already ordered it.

        Can I get me some breakfast?

        Name it.

        A real breakfast?

        Whatever you say.

        Double OJ and squeeze it fresh.


        A stack of wheat cakes with lots of melted butter... maple syrup. And fry me three, four, five eggs with a mess of sausages and a mountain of white toast with strawberry marmalade and... keep the coffee coming.

        No beans?

        You got beans?

        The most, seƱor.

        Them too

        You take milk? (owner pours orange juice from a bottle, I think)

        I said fresh.

        I squeezed it myself this morning.

        OK. Very nice. Very nice. Now ... melt some cheese over those beans.

        That was it. When Poitier sips the juice and says 'very nice' the look of deep pleasure on his face showed the love of food that drives most hounds to this board.

        Really check it out. IMO, there's no better food scene in any movie.

        1. re: rworange

          I got chills. Thanks for the reminder!

      2. Nothing compares with Babette's Feast, IMHO, but a very close second for me is A Chef in Love.

        1. "Annie Hall" Mmm...pastrami on white with mayo.

          I kid! I kid! :)

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          1. re: Liz CT

            excellent...let's not forget that hilarious lobster scene!!! I almost died laughing! I think Diane Keaton was overwhelmed by laughter in that scene too! A classic!

          2. The Big Night is definitely a favorite. I also like Woman on Top -- great music and a fun movie.

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            1. re: Dev
              Robert Lauriston

              Woman on Top bears no relation to the reality of restaurants or cooking or San Francisco. Waste of time, film stock, electricity, and a good cast.

              1. re: Robert Lauriston

                Still, you gotta love a movie where the camera lingers for ten minutes on a chef preparing moqueca de camarao, and then shows the smell wafting through the city and making every man who breathes it fall in love.

                1. re: Robert Lauriston

                  I disagree, if anything, the music is awesome. My favorite compilation of Bossa Nova!

              2. Slam dunk, Meg Ryan, When Harry met Sally with the Pastrami orgasm, doesn't get better than that scene.