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10 Off-beat Films About Food

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1. Big night [videodisc] by Rysher Entertainment presents a Timpano production:
Determined to drum up business and foil his Little Italy rival, Secondo concocts a rumor that bandleader Louis Prima will dine at his restaurant that very night, sending chef Primo into a frenzy. Will it be the finest night of his career, or will it be a financial disaster? Will Louis Prima actually come to dine? With wonderful performances by Stanley Tucci and Tony Shalhoub, it's worth viewing this film just to see the dinner's masterpiece timpano.

2. Toast [videodisc] by W2 Media Inc, BBC, and Screen WM present ; produced by Faye Ward ; written by Lee Hall ; directed by SJ Clarkson:
England's reputation for terrible food may be deserved if this film, based on food writer Nigel Slater's memoirs, can be believed. Nigel's mum may have served meals from boiled tins, but he and his dad adored her. When she dies and her place in his father's affections is threatened by their gastronomically adept cleaning lady, Nigel enters into an unofficial culinary contest with his late mother's rival.

3. The exterminating angel [videodisc] by Janus Films ; [Video Mercury Films S.A.] ; nueva versión con diálogos de Luis Buñuel ; cinedrama de Luis Alcoriza and Luis Buñuel ; productor, Gustavo Alatriste ; director, Luis Buñuel:
The dinner guests have been entertained lavishly at the mansion of their host, but now find themselves unable to leave. This film by surrealist director Luis Bunuel is thought-provoking but not for all tastes.

4. The secret of the grain [videodisc] = La graine et le mulet by Pathé Renn Productions ; France 2 cinéma:
Passions erupt and problems threaten to explode when patriarch Slimane opens a restaurant specializing in his ex-wife's fish couscous dish.

5. Nina's heavenly delights [videodisc] by a Here! Films/ Regent release of a Scion Films and Scottish Screen production with Kali Films and Priority Pictures in association with Sky Movies present a Pratibha Parmar film:
When Glaswegian Nina takes over her father's Indian restaurant to compete in the Best of the West Curry Competition, her life is thrown into turmoil.

6. Mostly Martha [videodisc] by Paramount Classics and Bavaria Film International presents Pandora Film Produktion GmbH, Köln in coproduktion mit Prisma Film, Wien , T&C Film AG, Zürich:
Obsessive perfectionist chef Martha finds her life turned upside down when her sister dies and Martha's 8-year-old niece comes to live with her. This was remade in 2008 as No Reservations.

7. La grande bouffe [videorecording] = The big feast by produced by Vincent Malle ; screenplay by Marco Ferreri, Rafael Azcona, Francis Blanche ; directed by Marco Ferreri:
Four friends gather one weekend to indulge in riotous excess and to literally eat themselves to death.

8. My dinner with André [videodisc] by Nouvelles Editions de Films ; The Andre Company, L.P.:
An actor and his theater director friend meet for dinner at an Upper West Side restaurant. Their conversations on everything from money to love to death form the basis of the film.

9. Tortilla soup [videodisc] by Samuel Goldwyn Films presents in association with Starz Encore Entertainment a Samuel Goldwyn Films production ; producer, John Bard Manulis ; screenplay writers, Ramon Menendez, Tom Musca, Vera Blasi ; director, Maria Ripoll:
Widower Martin has a successful restaurant and three daughters whose lives he's trying to steer in the right direction. A comedy about food, family and what happens at the dinner table.

10. Babette's feast [videodisc] by Just Betzer, præsenterer ; en film af Gabriel Axel ; A-S Panorama Film International:
A refugee from the French Civil War, Babette lands in Denmark where she goes to work for the devout spinster daughters of a strict puritan minister. Years later, after winning a lottery, Babette prepares a real French feast - which leads the sisters to fear for their souls.

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