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More Foodie Movies?

We love to watch what we call our foodie movies; have already seen the ones we know over and over. They are:

Eat Drink Man Woman
Babette's Feast
The Big Night
John Huston's The Dead (for the feasting, not the food)
Mostly Martha
Ratatouille (just saw, thanks, grandkids!)

Hope some chowhounds can add a few to the list!
(I know the eating scene in Tom Jones, but the movie as a whole isn't about food.)

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  1. Great topic!

    Big Night (!!!)
    Chocolat
    Like Water for Chocolate
    Mystic Pizza
    Soul Food
    Tortilla Soup

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    1. re: nicopop

      If you've ever worked in the resto industry, I recommend the film In The Weeds. It's a romantic comedy that centers around the waitstaff of a small bistro.

      Also, Waitress the movie w/ Keri Russell, Cheryl Hines and the woman (her name escapes me) who wrote and directed it and was murdered, I think, before the release.

      Spanglish had some great food moments. My fave being when he returned from a late night at the resto and made himself a croque madam. He pressed down on the top of that sandwich and the gooey yolk ran down the sides. He also poured himself a beer and I fell in lust for that damned sandwich.

      1. Nicopop, that's three new ones for my list --- saw Chocolat and Like Water for chocolate, but forgot about them, just like I forgot about Tampopo.
        Carswell, that's a mother lode there! Before I posted I checked out the topic on this board and didn't find anything; I never realized there was a Food Media Board.
        So thanks for those links. Seems like a topic very dear to many chowhounds' hearts, not just mine. My Netflix queue is going to be overflowing.

        1. 'The Linguini Incident'
          The Taste of Tea (the family dinner is one of the focal points of this whimsical Japanese film)
          Chocolat
          Pulp Fiction (the 5 dollar milkshake scene, the lengthy discussion about bacon over a diner breakfast, the gourmet coffee and extoling the virtues of a big kahuna burger)
          Sideways
          French Kiss (food, wine and a hilarious lactose intolerance scene)
          Willy Wonka
          Tortilla Soup
          Woman on Top
          Joy Luck Club

          1. The French film (Bella Martha, I think?) that inspired "No Reservations" with Catherine Zeta-Jones and Aaron Eckhart is a great foodie movie.

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            1. re: JenBoes

              German film actually, AKA English title "Mostly Martha".

              1. re: buttertart

                Yeah, I realized that Mostly Martha was already listed after I made the post. Thanks for the correction too. I didn't remember it was German

              1. re: Sam Fujisaka

                If you still have a VHS machine,try and find "Eating Raul". This is an adult movie. (brief nudity) And it would help if you are over 50 to really appreciate it. It was directed by Paul Bartel, who also stars in it. Very,very funny "cult" movie.

                  1. re: Sam Fujisaka

                    To be precise, it's "Eating Raoul." Great film! But why VHS? It's available on DVD.

                    1. re: BobB

                      Thanks, I am glad to hear that. So many of my favorite films have not been released on DVD and my tapes are starting to get shakey. And I did not even notice the misspelling until you pointed it out. No wonder I got some wierd stuff when I googled "Eating Raul".
                      It is amazing what you can do with a cheap cut of meat.

              2. If you'll accept documentaries on this list, you might want to check out the films of Les Blank.

                http://www.lesblank.com/main.html

                Two of my favorites of his are
                Always for Pleasure - New Orleans life in the late 70's
                Garlic is as Good as Ten Mothers - The Gilroy Garlic Festival in 1980

                Kinda doubt Netflix carries these but, to whet your appetite, streamable clips are available via the UC Berkeley link on the Les Blank homepage.

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                1. re: Sloth

                  Am going to check out your link --- but can already tell you that Netflix doesn't carry Garlic is as Good as Ten Mothers. I tried. Too bad, becuz it sounded great on the Google description I found. And of course garlic is one of the Five Immortals of cooking.

                  1. re: BerkshireTsarina

                    I double-checked the link after posting. Seems good. When you get to the UC Berkeley clips I recommend starting with clip 2 for "Always" and clip 2 for "Garlic". If you want to bypass the Les Blank site and get straight to the clips, go to

                    http://www.lib.berkeley.edu/MRC/flowe...

                    But you'll probably want to check out the synopses of each film before trying other clips. Not all of his films are food related. Of course, there's nothing wrong with Blues/roots music and cultural time capsules either.

                    1. re: Sloth

                      Sloth, just checked out the Garlic... Mothers clips --- #2 made my mouth water, and I just finished dinner! Never heard of Les Blank (I'm even older than the two Sams, too old to have enjoyed Eating Raoul) but will explore the L.B. home page thoroughly. Thanks for a new discovery ---

                    2. re: BerkshireTsarina

                      You can probably buy it from the Flower Films Web site.

                  2. The Cook, the thief, his wife and her Lover.
                    Kinda twisted, but I just couldn't look away.

                    1. I posted this on another thread but think it went unjustly un-noticed. It's awesome!!!!:

                      (BTW....this topic us usually in Food Media and News)

                      "Saw an AMAZING movie last night that I don't believe I've seen mentioned on Chowhound before"

                      GLOOMY SUNDAY is a sensual, German film from 1999 set in a restaurant in Budapest, Hungary during WWII.

                      The only surprise (and there were many) that I will give away is that a man's life was saved with the recipe and detailed description of the restaurants most popular dish.

                      Deliciously musical and sensual at the same time. Good to the very last bite!!!!

                      Available on Netflix if I ever choose to send this one back!"

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                      1. re: MSK

                        If you accept DVDs that are television shows but not movies, I recommend "Kitchen Confidential" season one. (actually theone and only season, sadly.)

                        1. re: Firegoat

                          Kitchen confidential is great ,based loosely on the AB book. Good cast. It is available for free viewing (Legal) on Fancast.com

                      2. udon and le grand chef (korean movie)

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                        1. re: bitsubeats

                          that sounds good - Damn now I want noodles....

                        2. I Like Killing Flies.

                          It is a documentary about a small restaurant in Greenwich Village called Shopsins. Some feel that the Soup Nazi character from Seinfeld is based on the owner, Kenny Shopsin. Rented if from Netflix and now want to add it to my food movie collection!

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                          1. re: AntarcticWidow

                            Actually, the Soup Nazi character is based on a soup purveyor in NYC.

                            However, doesn't change the fact that Kenny Shopsin is quite the character in his own right.

                          2. I like "Dinner Rush" with Danny Aiello