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Great Food Scenes From The Movies

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Aired 3/3/10

The 82nd Annual Academy Awards are this Sunday, March 7. As part of our monthly food hour, we'll explore how food is used in movies.

Meryl Streep as Julia Child in the film "Julie and Julia."
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Above: Meryl Streep as Julia Child in the film "Julie and Julia."

The 82nd Annual Academy Awards ceremony is Sunday, March 7th, at 8:30 p.m. UCSD's ArtPower hosts a special Oscar night event on Sunday, March 7, at 4 p.m., at the LOFT at UCSD.

Maureen Cavanaugh: Ever watch a movie and wonder longingly what are they eating? It's not just people that look good on screen. Food can look absolutely delicious. It can also move a story along, help the characters fall in love, make a great weapon in a fight and bring everyone home for a happy ending.

In honor of this weekend's Academy Awards show, we are devoting our monthly food hour to "food in the movies."

Guests

Caron Golden, food columnist for SDNN.com and author of the blog San Diego Foodstuff.

Beth Accomando, KPBS Film Critic.

Rebecca Webb, film curator for ArtPower! at UCSD.

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Avatar for user 'dearsrock'

dearsrock | March 3, 2010 at 10:26 a.m. ― 4 years, 10 months ago

Big Night ~ the scene where the two brothers are cooking breakfast, no dialogue is one of my most favorite. The love and the bond between them is wonderful. Truly a family moment.

Renee

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tonyprost | March 3, 2010 at 10:32 a.m. ― 4 years, 10 months ago

how about Matthew Broderick and Marlon Brando in "the Freshman"...and the endangered species banquet at the end of the movie!

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sashasavvy | March 3, 2010 at 10:33 a.m. ― 4 years, 10 months ago

I love the scene from "It's Complicated" when Meryl Streep is making croissants with Steve Martin. Between her role here and in "Julie and Julia" it makes me want to have her over for a meal sometime!

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pstaley | March 3, 2010 at 10:35 a.m. ― 4 years, 10 months ago

Moonstruck - the nested eggs that Olympia Dukakis is preparing for Cher who is recounting her woes while sitting at the kitchen table. Here's the recipe:http://www.recipezaar.com/Moonstruck-Eggs-16811

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masek | March 3, 2010 at 10:40 a.m. ― 4 years, 10 months ago

Indiana Jones and the temple of doom. The feast at the princes palace. Monkey brains! live snakes! what else?

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catclops | March 3, 2010 at 10:44 a.m. ― 4 years, 10 months ago

Every food scene in "Goodfellas." Especially the first scene in prison when the mobsters and preparing food, and Ray Liotta narrates about the different foods they ate in prison.

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carrizojim | March 3, 2010 at 10:45 a.m. ― 4 years, 10 months ago

How about Cannery Row with Debra Winger trying to impress Nick Nolte at a seafood dinner.... how she copies everything he does only slower...

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swellinsocal | March 3, 2010 at 10:45 a.m. ― 4 years, 10 months ago

"When Harry Met Sally" - the way Sally orders food as a metaphor for her personality. the audience never sees the food, but the food is essential to the scene.

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Daniel41967 | March 3, 2010 at 10:45 a.m. ― 4 years, 10 months ago

Every time I slice garlic, I always remember the scene in Good Fellas. Mostly Martha, a german movie lots of cooking scenes and a great story too. Speaking of The Cook The Thief, His Wife and Her Lover, Delicatessen, by Jeunet is another good, dark movie.

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SueSneer | March 3, 2010 at 10:46 a.m. ― 4 years, 10 months ago

Don't forget, "Like Water for Chocolate" there is no other food movie as passionate!

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lr | March 3, 2010 at 10:47 a.m. ― 4 years, 10 months ago

Babette's Feast has my favorite food preparation scenes! and the end when she's "discovered" is great!

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drfokos | March 3, 2010 at 10:48 a.m. ― 4 years, 10 months ago

I know Tampopo has been mentioned already -- this is probably my favorite. I missed the beginning of the program so I don't know if Ratatouille was mentioned. Also, Once Upon A Time In Mexico as Johnny Depp's character searches for the best Pibil and then shoots the chef.

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Pub_Lib | March 3, 2010 at 10:52 a.m. ― 4 years, 10 months ago

La Grande Bouffe has to be one of the greatest food movies where the feasts are such a vital part of the whole as the protagonists eat themselves to death. The food is so beautifully presented.....

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drfokos | March 3, 2010 at 10:53 a.m. ― 4 years, 10 months ago

Oh! I forgot the great Hong Kong film "The God of Cookery" -- Crouching Tiger meets Iron Chef. :)

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kjsmulvihill | March 3, 2010 at 10:57 a.m. ― 4 years, 10 months ago

I'd like to suggest ROPE by Alfred Hitchcock. The villains host a dinner party while their strangled victim is hidden in a trunk under the buffet of food! This is my favorite Hitchcock movie because of the suspense and Jimmy Stewart's performance.

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JonBoy | March 3, 2010 at 11:14 a.m. ― 4 years, 10 months ago

Hello I commented on the radio but what I wanted to say here was if anyone is interested in some free fresh fish, and I mean fresh...like caught just hours ago and iced immediately, then contact me. The reason is I'm not much of a cook but I like to fish when I get off work at Sunset Cliffs/La Jolla. All I ask is a plate in return.

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Sallyjoy | March 3, 2010 at 11:18 a.m. ― 4 years, 10 months ago

What's Cooking is one of my favorite food movies. It's about 4 very different families and what they cook for their version of a tradtional Thanksgiving dinners and what brings them all together at the end of the day. Brilliant.

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beachpreach | March 3, 2010 at 11:21 a.m. ― 4 years, 10 months ago

Dustin Hoffman making French Toast in "Kramer Vs. Kramer" -- Errol Flynn slamming the deer carcass on the Prince's banquet table in "The Adventures Of Robin Hood" -- "Christmas Story" with its mid-west meatloaf and mashed potatoes, the bloodhound turkey feast and the head-on Peking duck for Christmas dinner -- and what about "Food, Glorious Food" sung by the workhouse urchins who just want some more gruel in "Oliver."

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dwidmark | March 3, 2010 at 11:36 a.m. ― 4 years, 10 months ago

I remember the very arty "The Cook, the Thief, His Wife and Her Lover" spends a lot of time in this decadent restuarant and there is this amazing nude scene of Helen Mirren showered in food offal.
The very quirky, Al Pacino and Gene Hackman in "The Scarecrow" just released from prison and take their first free meal at a roadside diner. Pacino orders a sumptuous grandslam style breakfast and Hackman very thougthfully orders a chocolate donut and a beer.

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lnava | March 3, 2010 at 11:57 a.m. ― 4 years, 10 months ago


I remember vividly the film LIKE WATER FOR CHOCOLATE.. with the great recipes, the saga of a traditional Mexican family and its matriarch mother. The scene where the main character prepares QUAIL IN ROSE SAUCE and where her brother in law (who married her sister just to be close to her) eats the amazing dish!!! That is a scene to remember!! Great Program Today!!

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riverwebb | March 3, 2010 at 12:50 p.m. ― 4 years, 10 months ago

Hi ... just a quick note..

The 82nd Annual Academy Awards ceremony is Sunday, March 7th, at 8:30 pm. UCSD's ArtPower hosts a special Oscar night event on Sunday, March 7 will be held at the LOFT at UC SAN DIEGO, doors open at 4PM! Check out this link for more information..

http://www.artpwr.com/events/305

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Beth Accomando, KPBS Staff | March 3, 2010 at 1:25 p.m. ― 4 years, 10 months ago

Glad to see people brought up La Grande Bouffe and God of Cookery, two films we weren't able to get to on the show. There's also the "wafer thin mint" in Meaning of Life; Paul Riser always trying to get food from his friends in Diner -- "you gonna eat that?"; the cup of noodles in the anime shows Narurto and Cowboy Bebop: the meals gone wrong in A Christmas Story and Pieces of April; and so many more! I think we may need a second helping of this.

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