Have you ever been watching a film and suddenly had a craving for whatever it is the characters are munching on? Well, I have and so this week I’m listing my Top Five Most Memorable Food Scenes.
5. Lady and the Tramp (1955)
After a hectic day lost in the city, and an eventful trip through the zoo, Tramp takes Lady to dinner at his favorite Italian restaurant, Tony’s. They sit at a small table behind the restaurant and the chef and his assistant sing a song while the two canines share a sweet moment over a plate of spaghetti that looks just as good animated as any actual photo of the real thing. Tramp and Lady accidentally kiss when they unknowingly eat the same spaghetti noodle, after which Tramp gives Lady the last meatball in the most iconic scene of the film. Even animated dogs are adorable, and delightfully romantic at that.
4. Chocolat (2000)
Pretty much the entire film makes the list. Even scenes where they aren’t actually eating food but have it in the background makes me want to eat a ton of candy. Specifically though, I have selected the seen where Armande (Judi Dench) tries Vianne’s (Juliette Binoche) hot chocolate for the first time. When Vianne pours that chocolate into the cup it looks deliciously dark and rich, then she tops it with a dash of chili pepper (!) and fluffy whipped cream. Armande takes a sip and you can see the instant change Vianne’s sweets have on people. Armande goes from cranky and cynical to giddy and youthful in just that first taste. Every time I watch this movie I want hot chocolate and Johnny Depp (but that’s kind of all the time).
3. Beauty and the Beast (1991)
Another Disney film. What can I say, they’re really good at animating food. Lumiere leads the other castle servants in song with “Be Our Guest,” an elaborate number highlighting Belle’s dinner. After having refused the Beast’s “invitation” to dine, Belle wanders about until she finds the kitchen, explaining to the talking appliances that she is rather hungry. They are happy to accommodate her and after sitting her down, a slew of mouth-watering dishes dance across the table in front of Belle as Lumiere describes the menu and tells the story of how they all came to be in their current situation. The music is brilliant, the animation lovely, and the food, surprisingly scrumptious looking. I don’t know what it is but I want to try the “Grey Stuff!”
2. When Harry Met Sally … (1989)
Sally (Meg Ryan) gets a little over excited in a diner where she and Harry (Billy Crystal) are having lunch. While the food in this scene does actually look pretty good (what is it with New York deli sandwiches looking so much more appetizing than normal ones?), it isn’t memorable for what they are eating. Harry has told Sally he would know if a woman wasn’t being honest with him in bed. Sally, recognizing how arrogant this is sets out to show him he may not be that wise by faking an orgasm in the middle of the busy restaurant. She proves her point and when she’s done she goes back to eating her food normally. Her enthusiasm though is so convincing that it prompts another customer, an older woman (played by Estelle Reiner, Rob Reiner’s mother), to tell her waiter, “I’ll have what she’s having.” Seriously though, Sally’s sandwich does look delicious.
1. Inglourious Basterds (2009)
Emmanuelle Mimieux (Mélanie Laurent) is being interrogated by Hans Landa (Christoph Waltz) because her theater is being considered for a big film premiere that many high level Nazi officials will be attending. While he’s asking her questions, they are served this amazing looking strudel (possibly apple). It looks like air made out of sugar with a dollop of fresh whipped cream on top. It’s unclear if Landa recognizes Emmanuelle as Shosanna, the jewish girl that got away from him a few years earlier. His ordering of milk for her, a reference to the last time they met, seems to suggest he just might, and the tension between them is so strong you could practically cut it with a knife (a knife better suited for cutting into yummy looking strudel). This is one of, if not the best, executed scenes Quentin Tarantino has done, in what could possibly be his best film. Plus every time I watch this scene, I want to go out and get strudel (which, by the way, isn’t really common around here so it’s kind of cruel).