Cinema And Food

May 20, 2024 | Blog edition

Even before food became a small television obsession (from talent shows to documentaries, from cooking shows to live cooking in lunchtime programs) cinema had already considered the representation of food as something very attractive and above all as something exceptionally complex.

What the viewer could not forgive a film is for lying about food: we immediately realize whether the dish shown is fake, the cup of coffee empty or the wine colored water. However, when the actors actually eat what they act, the truth effect enhances the flavor of the film. And the relationship between cinema and food, which will never end, finds further confirmation.

CINEMA, FOOD AND IDENTITY

Through food, cinema also helps us learn about the cultures of other peoples (depending obviously on where we are).

An Australian spectator will understand the carnal vision of food of a certain Italian and French social milieu by seeing Marco Ferreri’s The Big Binge and we will learn about the formidable organization of home-made food delivered to Indian workers thanks to Ritseh Batra’s Lunchbox.

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