Mar. 9th, 2010

FFF Films.

Mar. 9th, 2010 05:17 pm
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I don't know if you've noticed, but I really like talking about movies. Fair Food Fight also noticed, and asked me if I would be interested in starting a blog series there, reporting (and snarking) on food in film. Don't have to ask me twice!

Welcome to Fair Food Fight Films, awesomely abbreviated FFFFilms, which sounds like you're about to cuss if you say it out loud, so that's not recommended unless you say all the words. It will cover food in movies, from those which are entirely about food (like Big Night) to those that simply use food in world-building (Chicken goooood).

For the initial offering, the clear front-runner was Babette's Feast. It's about food, it's about food as metaphor, and more than anything, it's about a village full of the most emotionally constipated, ungrateful folk you'll ever find.

I mention this more over at Fair Food Fight, but it bugged me so much I'm laying it down here, too; there's a huge "art doesn't require gratitude" theme in this movie hammered home by poor Babette slaving away in the kitchen and never hearing word one about how delicious it was. I completely understand, cinematically, why it was there. But I was also raised that you thank the person who cooked the meal, even if you can't bear the idea of gnawing the head off the guinea fowl up there and end up eating nothing but puff pastry and gravy with one eye closed. It's just manners, metaphorically-saturated village people, damn!


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