A seven-course filmic feast that explores the many rich flavors of “food in film.” From the earliest years of cinema, food (or the lack thereof) has been part of the texture of cinema, its stories, characters, themes and metaphors. From plenty to poverty, diners to dinner parties, chefs to cannibals, we look at how cinema looks at food.
We’re joined by special guests Laura Gabbert (filmmaker) and Jonathan Gold (subject) of the new documentary City of Gold, a fascinating, layered portrait of the Pulitzer Prize-winning food critic and his intrepid culinary exploration of Los Angeles. City of Gold will be released in spring of 2016 by Sundance Selects.
Other courses include: cinema’s best food films, the most bizarre things consumed in movies, recipes for disaster or the art of food styling, memories of meals gone by cinema’s recent nod to “slow food” and a review of table manners, or how dinner table scenes reveal the American family.
As always, we dip into American film archives for our regular segment on lost treasures. And for dessert, we explore pie origins. Be sure to expect a few unexpected dishes.
Library Foundation Member reception to follow.
This program is generously funded by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association.