The way food has been used in Goncharov (1973) is fascinating to me. The apple gets all of the attention but food in general has such a subtle and vital presence in the movie.
Goncharov obviously doesn't favour Russian food but he always orders it when he goes out with his business companion, I assume as a power move. But the food on his plate (and only his plate) is barely touched. His meals at home are mostly simple Italian fare which could be attributed to Katya's influence (Katya who grew up isolated from her roots) but the subtle statement is made when we are shown the empty plates foregrounding their stilted conversation. Inspite of all the problems between them they are still sharing a meal. A home.
All of this makes the final date before Katya finally decides to betray him so much more heartbreaking. The brilliant of scene of Katya in front of the mirror later that night is often seen as the turning point of the movie, but that is merely a declaration. The decision was the moment she pushes the plate away complaining that the liver is not cooked. "Tastes like fucking blood. Think i'm going to throw up." All of his attempts at reconciliation taste of blood and she cant stomach it any more.
Food with Andrey and Sofia is much more interesting. Andrey will eat anything. We don't just this but it is also mentioned twice in passing comments. He is a survivor but he is also adaptable.
Sofia is never seen eating on screen but she is pictured surrounding by lavish expensive food. But only surrounded by it. It never nourishes her.
Of all the food association I find Ice Pick Joe's obsession with chocolates most fascinating. It is at once an indulgence and an alienation. It doesn't "mean" anything and in that it says everything that is to be said about him.
Food in this movie is identity, indulgence, repulsion, insecurity, desire and emptiness and it is the genius of the cinematographer that in such symbolically rich settings the plate of food still draws your eyes and says what it wants to say.
soup, egg, and a pork pie
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Julie and Julia (2009)
Directed by Nora Ephron
Cinematography by Stephen Goldblatt
Starring Meryl Streep, Amy Adams, Stanley Tucci, Chris Messina, Linda Emond
eat drink man woman (1994) mr. chu’s lunchbox preparation for shan-shan
Awesome tablescapes. For no reason. Reblog with more.
Make-believe dinner from Hook
Christmas Edition 🎅
Little Women Christmas breakfast