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More Foodie Movies?

BerkshireTsarina May 27, 2008 02:16 PM

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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    nicopop RE: BerkshireTsarina May 27, 2008 02:30 PM

    Great topic!

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

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    1. re: nicopop
      lynnlato RE: nicopop May 28, 2008 10:01 AM

      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.

    2. carswell RE: BerkshireTsarina May 27, 2008 03:18 PM

      A popular topic that's been the focus of many threads, some of them quite recent. For example, see:


      1. BerkshireTsarina RE: BerkshireTsarina May 27, 2008 04:03 PM

        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. FoodieKat RE: BerkshireTsarina May 28, 2008 01:16 AM

          'The Linguini Incident'
          The Taste of Tea (the family dinner is one of the focal points of this whimsical Japanese film)
          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)
          French Kiss (food, wine and a hilarious lactose intolerance scene)
          Willy Wonka
          Tortilla Soup
          Woman on Top
          Joy Luck Club

          1. JenBoes RE: BerkshireTsarina May 28, 2008 07:49 AM

            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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              buttertart RE: JenBoes May 28, 2008 09:49 AM

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

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                JenBoes RE: buttertart May 28, 2008 03:22 PM

                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

            2. Sam Fujisaka RE: BerkshireTsarina May 28, 2008 08:09 AM

              Just saw "Macbeth". Fantastic.

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                Sam at Novas RE: Sam Fujisaka May 28, 2008 10:20 AM

                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.

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                  Sam Fujisaka RE: Sam at Novas May 28, 2008 10:38 AM

                  Yup, over 50. Will look for it.

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                    BobB RE: Sam Fujisaka May 30, 2008 11:05 AM

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

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                      Sam at Novas RE: BobB Jun 2, 2008 09:27 AM

                      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. Sloth RE: BerkshireTsarina May 30, 2008 10:28 AM

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


                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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                  BerkshireTsarina RE: Sloth May 30, 2008 02:16 PM

                  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.

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                    Sloth RE: BerkshireTsarina May 31, 2008 06:15 AM

                    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


                    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.

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                      BerkshireTsarina RE: Sloth Jun 2, 2008 04:40 PM

                      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
                      jcmods RE: BerkshireTsarina May 31, 2008 07:57 AM

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

                  2. starlady RE: BerkshireTsarina May 30, 2008 02:26 PM

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

                    1. MSK RE: BerkshireTsarina May 30, 2008 04:37 PM

                      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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                        Firegoat RE: MSK May 31, 2008 08:02 PM

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

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                          chris2269 RE: Firegoat Jun 2, 2008 09:15 PM

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

                      2. bitsubeats RE: BerkshireTsarina Jun 2, 2008 08:04 PM

                        udon and le grand chef (korean movie)

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                        1. re: bitsubeats
                          starlady RE: bitsubeats Jun 2, 2008 08:43 PM

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

                        2. AntarcticWidow RE: BerkshireTsarina Jun 2, 2008 09:02 PM

                          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
                            Lizard RE: AntarcticWidow Jun 3, 2008 12:54 AM

                            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. chris2269 RE: BerkshireTsarina Jun 2, 2008 09:18 PM

                            I like "Dinner Rush" with Danny Aiello

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                              Fydeaux RE: BerkshireTsarina Jun 5, 2008 11:46 AM

                              This looks like it should be interesting:


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