Reel Food: Essays on Food and Film / Edition 1

Reel Food: Essays on Food and Film / Edition 1

by Anne L. Bower
     
 

ISBN-10: 041597111X

ISBN-13: 9780415971119

Pub. Date: 09/01/2004

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

Reel Food is the first book devoted to food as a vibrant and evocative element of film, edited by a well-known authority on food studies, Anne L. Bower, and featuring never-before-published original essays by major food studies scholars, among them Carole Counihan, Michael Ashkenazi, and Lucy Long. This collection of essays reads various films through their uses of

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Reel Food is the first book devoted to food as a vibrant and evocative element of film, edited by a well-known authority on food studies, Anne L. Bower, and featuring never-before-published original essays by major food studies scholars, among them Carole Counihan, Michael Ashkenazi, and Lucy Long. This collection of essays reads various films through their uses of food from major "food films" like Babette's Feast and Big Night to less obvious choices including The Godfather trilogy and The Matrix. The contributors draw attention to the various ways in which food is employed to make meaning in film. In some cases, such as Soul Food and Tortilla Soup, for example, food is used to represent racial and ethnic identities. In other cases, such as Chocolat and Like Water For Chocolate, food plays a role in gender and sexual politics. This book is a feast for scholars, "foodies," and cinema buffs. It will be of major interest to anyone working in popular culture, film studies, and food studies, at both the undergraduate and graduate level.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780415971119
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
09/01/2004
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
364
Sales rank:
698,362
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

1. Watching Food: The Production of Food, Film, and Values, Anne L. Bower

Section I: Cooking Up Cultural Values

2. Feel Good Reel Food: A Taste of Cultural Kedgeree in Gurinder Chadha's What's Cooking?, Debnita Chakravarti

3. Food, Play, Business and the Image of Japan in Juzo's Tampopo, Michael Ashkenazi

4. Il Timpano- "To Eat Good Food is to be Close to God": The Italian-American
Reconciliation of Stanley Tucci's Big Night, Margaret Coyle

5.Cooking Mexicanness: Shaping National Identity in Alfonso Arau's Como agua
para chocolate
, Miriam Lopez-Rodriguez

6. Chickens, Jams, and Kitchens: Modern Food and Malay Films of the 1950s and 1960s, Timothy P. Barnard

7. "I'll Have Whatever She's Having": Jews, Food, and Film, Nathan Abrams

8. Food as Representative of Ethnicity and Culture in George Tillman Jr.'s Soul Food, Maria Ripolli's Tortilla Soup, and Tim Reid's Once Upon A Time When We Were Colored, Robin Balthrope

Section II: Focus on Women—the Body, the Spirit

9. Gendering the Feast: Women, Spirituality, and Grace in Three Food Films, Margaret McFadden

10. Food, Sex, and Power at the Dining Room Table in Zhang Yimou's Raise the Red Lantern, Ellen J. Fried

11. Anorexia Envisioned: Mike Leigh's Life is Sweet, Chul-Soo Park's 301/302, and Todd Haynes's Superstar, Gretchen Papazian

12. Production, Reproduction, Food, and Women in Herbert Biberman's Salt of the Earth and Lourdes Portillo and Nina Serrano's After The Earthquake, Carole Counihan

13. Images of Consumption in Jutta Bruckner's Hunger Years, Yogini Joglekar

Section III: Making Movies, Making Meals

14. Appetite for Destruction: Gangster Food and Genre Convention in Quentin
Tarantino's Pulp Fiction, Rebecca L. Epstein

15. "Leave the Gun; Take the Cannoli": Food and Family in the Modern American
Mafia Film, Marlisa Santos

16. All-Consuming Passions: Peter Greenaway's The Cook, the Thief, His Wife and Her Lover, Raymond Armstrong

17. Jean-Pierre Jeunet and Marc Caro's Delicatessen: An Ambiguous Memory, an Ambivalent Meal, Kyri Watson Claflin

18. Futuristic Foodways: The Metaphorical Meaning of Food in Science
Fiction Films, Laurel Forster

19. Supper, Slapstick, and Social Class: Dinner as Machine in the Silent Films
of Buster Keaton, Eric L. Reinholtz

20. Banquet and Beast: The Civilizing Role of Food in 1930s Horror Films, Blair Davis

21. Engorged with Desire: Hitchcock Films and the Gendered Politics of Eating,
David Greven

22. What About the Popcorn? Food and Film-Watching Experiences, James Lyons

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