Art reflects life, and probably no more so than in the immediate, visual splendors and pleasures of the silver screen. Beyond the dreary, predictable marketing schtick of product placement (how many cans of Coke do you really need foisted upon you?), characters in film actually do eat and drink in their stories, sometimes as a plot point, symbolic gesture, philosophical statement, hedonism or just plain practicality. They (and we) are not gods and goddesses; we all need fuel, by Jove!
So think about the films that you’ve enjoyed, perhaps even watched countless times. The movies don’t have to be about food or drink per se such as Babette’s Feast or Like Water for Chocolate (although they can be), but also think about flicks that lick at those food moments revealed with startling clarity, vague adumbration, or the light or dark reflections of the mood at hand.
Entries can be dead lifts of dishes (mashed potatoes/Close Encounters of the Third Kind; rock cakes/Brief Encounter; even fast-food knock-offs from Super Size Me); or interpretations of food scenes that left an indelible mark (canned pineapple/Chunking Express; magic bread/Lord of the Rings; or chicken salad/Five Easy Pieces). Point is to make sure there is a connection between the recipe you are offering and the food or drink scene. If you need more of a feel for it, check out one of my previous posts.
Posts from blogs written in native languages featuring films not commonly known to the English-speaking community are also welcome, but with the caveat that you must include in your email to me an English title translation and description of the movie and its food or drink scene*. In this way, I can present your entry in the best possible light, as well as have it at least marginally understood for the maximum number of readers’ enjoyment in the round-up.
Non-bloggers are also welcome to submit entries. Please send me your copy, recipe and optional photo, and I will make sure you are included in the round-up.
PLEASE post your entry by August 22, 2007, and include a link back to this announcement in your post. Once you’ve posted, please send me an email (also by August 22) to foodinfilm AT yahoo DOT com with the following details:
1. Your Name2. Location
3. Name of Your Blog and its URL
4. Permalink to Your Blog Post
5. 200 X 200 Photo: Optional (you can make dimensional adjustments if an exact square distorts your image). If you prefer, you can send a copyright-free or credited still from the film you are featuring.
6. * English title translation and description of film, food or drink scene and recipe for posts written in non-English languages, if applicable.
Please email me at above address if you have any questions. Image use is optional.
I look forward to your entries and THANK YOU in advance for participating. The round-up will be posted during the week of August 27 with entries billed in the order that they are received. I’ll make the popcorn!
(photo: Microsoft Clip Art)