Reel Food: Essays on Food and Film

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  • Edition: 1st
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  • Copyright: 2004-10-04
  • Publisher: Routledge

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Reel Foodis the first book devoted to food as a vibrant and evocative element of film, featuring original essays by major food studies scholars, among them Carole Counihan and Michael Ashkenazi. This collection reads various films through their uses of food-from major "food films" likeBabette's FeastandBig Nightto less obvious choices includingThe Godfathertrilogy andThe Matrix. The contributors draw attention to the various ways in which food is employed to make meaning in film. In some cases, such asSoul FoodandTortilla Soup, for example, food is used to represent racial and ethnic identities. In other cases, such asChocolatandLike Water for Chocolate, food plays a role in gender and sexual politics. And, of course, there is also discussion of the centrality of popcorn to the movie-going experience. This book is a feast for scholars, "foodies," and cinema buffs. It will be of major interest to anyone working in popularculture, film studies, and food studies, at both the undergraduate and graduate level.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments v
Watching Food: The Production of Food, Film, and Values
Anne L. Bower
Cooking Up Cultural Values
Feel Good Reel Food: A Taste of the Cultural Kedgeree in Gurinder Chadha's What's Cooking?
Debnita Chakravarti
Food, Play, Business, and the Image of Japan in Itami Juzo's Tampopo
Michael Ashkenazi
Il Timpano---``To Eat Good Food Is to Be Close to God'': The Italian-American Reconciliation of Stanley Tucci and Campbell Scott's Big Night
Margaret Coyle
Cooking Mexicanness: Shaping National Identity in Alfonso Arau's Como agua para chocolate
Miriam Lopez-Rodriguez
Chickens, Cakes, and Kitchens: Food and Modernity in Malay Films of the 1950s and 1960s
Timothy P. Barnard
``I'll Have Whatever She's Having'': Jews, Food, and Film
Nathan Abrams
Food as Representative of Ethnicity and Culture in George Tillman Jr.'s Soul Food, Maria Ripoll's Tortilla Soup, and Tim Reid's Once upon a Time When We Were Colored
Robin Balthrope
Focus on Gender---The Body, the Spirit
Gendering the Feast: Women, Spirituality, and Grace in Three Food Films
Margaret H. McFadden
Food, Sex, and Power at the Dining Room Table in Zhang Yimou's Raise the Red Lantern
Ellen J. Fried
Anorexia Envisioned: Mike Leigh's Life is Sweet, Chul-Soo Park's 301/302, and Todd Haynes's Superstar
Gretchen Papazian
Production, Reproduction, Food, and Women in Herbert Biberman's Salt of the Earth and Lourdes Portillo and Nina Serrano's After the Earthquake
Carole M. Counihan
Images of Consumption in Jutta Bruckner's Years of Hunger
Yogini Joglekar
Making Movies, Making Meals
Appetite for Destruction: Gangster Food and Genre Convention in Quentin Tarantino's Pulp Fiction
Rebecca L. Epstein
``Leave the Gun; Take the Cannoli'': Food and Family in the Modern American Mafia Film
Marlisa Santos
All-Consuming Passions: Peter Greenaway's The Cook, the Thief, His Wife and Her Lover
Raymond Armstrong
Jean-Pierre Jeunet and Marc Caro's Delicatessen: An Ambiguous Memory, an Ambivalent Meal
Kyri Watson Claflin
Futuristic Foodways: The Metaphorical Meaning of Food in Science Fiction Film
Laurel Forster
Supper, Slapstick, and Social Class: Dinner as Machine in the Silent Films of Buster Keaton
Eric L. Reinholtz
Banquet and the Beast: The Civilizing Role of Food in 1930s Horror Films
Blair Davis
Engorged with Desire: The Films of Alfred Hitchcock and the Gendered Politics of Eating
David Greven
What about the Popcorn? Food and the Film-Watching Experience
James Lyons
Notes on Contributors 335(6)
Index 341

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