Food in the Movies, 2d ed.


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About the Book

Although food has been part of motion pictures since the silent era, for the most part it has been treated with about as much respect as movie extras: it’s always been there on the screen but seldom noticed.
For the most part filmmakers have settled on three basic ways to treat food: as a prop in which the food is usually obscured from sight or ignored by the actors; as a transition device to compress time and help advance the plot; as a symbol or metaphor, or in some other meaningful way, to make a dramatic point or to reveal an aspect of an actor’s character, mood or thought process.
This hugely expanded and revised edition details 400 food scenes, in addition to the 400 films reviewed for the first edition, and an introduction tracing the technical, artistic and cultural forces that contributed to the emergence of food films as a new genre—originated by such films as Tampopo, Babette’s Feast and more recently by films like Mostly Martha, No Reservations and Ratatouille. A filmography is included as an appendix.

About the Author(s)

Steve Zimmerman of Oakland, California, is president of East West Promotions, a marketing and advertising agency specializing in food accounts.

Bibliographic Details

Steve Zimmerman
Format: softcover (7 x 10)
Pages: 483
Bibliographic Info: 49 photos, filmography, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2010
pISBN: 978-0-7864-4546-2
eISBN: 978-0-7864-5569-0
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments      vi

Preface to the Second Edition      viii

Introduction      1

1. Missing Meals and Missing Appetites      21

2. Romantic and Unromantic Meals      40

3. Belly Laughs      65

4. Hunger      131

5. Someone’s in the Kitchen      151

6. Hot Dishes      182

7. Unpleasant Meals      212

8. Killer Meals      244

9. Food for Thought      265

10. Hollywood’s Favorite Foods      316

11. Leftovers      331

12. Visual Feasts      357

Filmography      413

Bibliography      455

Index      459