What is food film and what is not?
On this personal list you’ll find both movies that i saw and recognized as food film and movies that where recommended to me as “food film”. Those last one’s might disappear off the list again after i view them myself. (Like “The Great Outdoors”. Eating a 96 ounce steak really isn’t enough). Some, like Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory / Charlie and the Chocolate Factory are on the list, but i really feel i should remove them. And probably will as soon as i can explain why … ;-)
Just some of my answers (along with the associated questions):
Can documentaries be food film? Of course! (But i would, if possible, like to keep the focus of this list on real movies, made for cinema, not for television)
Or a TV series? Mostly no – but consequent as i am cough – there’s some exceptions to the rule. Those might disappear from the list.
Can cannibalism in a movie make that movie a food move? Hell, yes. (but The Silence of the Lambs is a no for me, while Dumplings is a yes)
Is just a food/kitchen/cooking related title enough? Nope!
Or a restaurant owner as the protagonist? Meh!
Does one lengthy dinner scene in a movie a food film make? Mostly no, I think.
And do shorts qualify? Yes, but other criteria become more important.
What about The Turin Horse by Bela Tarr? Are those awesome potato scene’s enough? And why are they in Chantal Akerman’s Jeanne Dielman? Or the not-eating in Buñuel’s The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie?
One title i never see on other peoples food film lists is Soylent Green, while in my opinion it is food film several times over. The title is a – albeit fictitious – food. It handles about a future dystopia with a severe food shortage, it has a delectable cooking/eating scene (especially if the scarcity of that meat and vegetables is factored in), and most controversial and unwillingly the use of human proteins as a possible source to solve such a disaster.
When I’m not sure, i read other people’s reviews. In reviews about Payne’s Sideways plenty of people reflect on wine, while nobody mentions tomatoes in reviews about Fried Green Tomatoes. I think neither are food film, but at least enough people seem to think Sideways is.
What I am mostly curious about, is what other people’s criteria for food film are. Please! Don’t hesitate to enlighten me!
@mubi: a simple sort for these lists would be very welcome!Read less