Category Drink

Age and Appetite: Pranzo di Ferragosto/Mid-August Lunch (2008)

I’m clearly the world’s most useless blogger. Although I’ve been thinking (and writing) a lot about food and film recently, this post is long overdue. And as we’re well into summer and approaching the middle of August, I couldn’t resist the urge to write a little about Pranzo di Ferragosto/Mid-August Lunch (2008), which I watched for […]

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Gin and Dubonnet – I Know Where I’m Going! (1945)

On Thursday my friend Julie and I enjoyed a decadent evening at the American Bar at the Savoy. It was Jules’ birthday and we figured if we skipped dinner and made do with the (plentiful) olives and nuts, a cocktail or two would cost no more than going out for a meal. One of the […]

Breakfast time at Spence and Kate’s – Woman of the Year (1942)

Making breakfast has never looked so hard as it does at the end of Woman of the Year (1942) when steely and independent Tess Harding (Katharine Hepburn) tries to prepare coffee and waffles for her estranged husband, Sam Craig (Spencer Tracy). Tess is a cultured and successful political correspondent – so successful she wins the […]

Breakfast with Dix Steele – In a Lonely Place (1950)

*Warning contains spoilers* Hardboiled heroes (or anti-heroes) certainly know how to eat and drink. Take Dix Steele (Humphrey Bogart), the cynical screenwriter protagonist of In a Lonely Place (1950). We’re first introduced to Dix on his way to Paul’s, a Hollywood club/bar/ restaurant. He’s going to meet his agent Mel (Art Smith), who has a […]

Teenage Licks – Heathers (1988)

I’m super excited about Teenage Kicks, the BFI’s summer season of teen movies which is now on. They’re showing one of my favourite films – Heathers (1988), a very black comedy about murder, suicide, eating disorders and hating your best friends. It stars Winona Ryder and Christian Slater (in his best young Jack Nicholson mode) […]

Cona Coffee with Kathleen Byron – The Small Back Room (1949)

My friend Charles Barr is an eminent film professor with an obsession with Cona coffee makers on film. I fully endorse this and always try to make a note when I spot them on screen as in films such as The First Born (1928) and Brief Encounter (1945). One of our favourite uses of the […]

Mildred Pierce (1945 and 2011)

Mildred Pierce (1941 book, 1945 Michael Curtiz film, and 2011 Todd Haynes TV miniseries) is currently occupying my thoughts and my tastebuds. In all of three versions of the story, food – namely fried chicken, waffles and pies – is central to plot and characterisation. Food also conveys much about the gender politics of the […]