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Food, Glorious Food
23-25 November 2001 at Lytham
A celebration of the role of food in the movies. As vital to life as love
and death, eating is also deeply involved in our social and imaginative lives.
A very varied selection of excellent movies allowed an exploration
of almost every aspect of the human condition.
Big Night (Stanley Tucci, Campbell Scott, USA) deals with Italian
immigrants trying to provide food for unsophisticated American palettes but
is as much about their brotherly relationship as the superb meals.
Tampopo (Juzo Itami, Japan) a hilarious demonstration that
even Japanese gangsters prize fine noodle soup above everything else.
Babette's Feast (Gabriel Axel, Denmark) is an
Oscar-winning tale of how food can define society and how an outcast can
La Grande Bouffe (Marco Ferreri, France/Italy) deals with a
food obsession leading to a four bored gourmands eating themselves to death.
Chocolat (Lasse Hallstrom, USA) the much feted story of how
passions can be liberated with confectionery.
Delicatessen (Jean-Pierre Jeunet, France) shows post-apocalyptic
cannibalism - in a comedy!
Like Water for Chocolate (A. Arau, Mexico) links cooking with
Eat Drink Man Woman (Ang Lee, Taiwan) has food as one of its
stars in a touching, often amusing drama about a family.
The weekend event was led by Dave Watterson (see cartoon above) and held
at the Edenfield Hotel in Lytham on 23rd - 25th November 2001.