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Dec 24, 2008 08:49 AM

food in movies/ grotesque chewing

i'm working on a project where i need visual scenes of food prep and chewing. 'cook thief wife lover' has some good stuff (mostly b/c the prep actually LOOKS good) and the visual info is strong.

i've also found good stuff in tampopo, eat drink man woman, like water for chocolate as far as big movies go.

but i'd really like to know about scenes involving grotesque chewing or visually startling food preparation (not violent or disgusting - just visually compelling)

any recs would be appreciated

(even if movie is technically not 'centered' on food like these are, specific scenes where food plays a big part would be great. indiana jones jokery not needed thanks)

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  1. Two that come to mind immediately:

    For food prep -- the omelet scene in Big Night (probably not visually startllng, but certainly visually compelling.)

    For chewing/eating -- the cherry eating scene in Witches of Eastwick.


    1. In Bunuel's "Discrete Charm of the Bourgouisie", everyone is trying to have a meal and no one succeeds, except for some very funny footage of Fernando Rey under a dinner table snatching food off the tabletop. In "Phantom of Liberte", guests sit around a dining table on toilets, reading magazines, while some excuse themselves to lock themselves in a small room where they eat furtively! Very funny.

      1. It's been a very long time since I watched it, but Babette's Feast is all about the preparation of a magnificent feast for a group of elderly stoics, and the food prep scenes are wonderful, as are the scenes where Babette's dinner guests slowly warm to the deliciousness of the meal being served to them.

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        1. The classic eating scene is a vital part of "Tom Jones" and for the very grotesque and disgusting, there's "Le Grande Bouffe".

          1. Monty Python's The Meaning of Life has a scene of gluttony which is grotesque (and gets violent and disgusting).

            9 1/2 Weeks has a scene in which Mickey Rourke blindfolds Kim Basinger & feeds her stuff.

            The Prince of Tides has a scene in which Kate Nelligan cooks dogfood for her abusive husband.

            In The Tin Drum, a group of kids make a stew outdoors. There is a frog involved.

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            1. re: small h

              thank you all for reminding me of these!
              excellent recommendations.

              I haven't seen the movie of the tin drum, but by any chance do they also film the scene with the horse's head being used as bait for eels seaside? that could come in handy

              1. re: mr mouther

                Yes, the eels scene is in the movie. Tasty....

                1. re: mr mouther

                  I want to say yes, but I don't have a clear recollection of seeing it.

                  Also, generally, any movie that has a big wedding scene would probably be useful to you.

                  1. re: mr mouther

                    The horse head scene is included, and while that particular image did not bother me too much, the portrayal of the mother's subsequent fish-eating compulsion is the closest I have ever come to being physically sickened by a movie.