Tuesday, 8 February 2011

Food on Film. 7. Big Night

Big Night (1996) was directed by Campbell Scott and Stanley Tucci. The setting is an Italian restaurant in New Jersey in the 1950s, established by two brothers who have recently immigrated from Abruzzo. Primo (Tony Shalhoub) is a brilliant, perfectionist chef, unimpressed by some of his customers’ responses to his genuine Italian cooking. The other brother Secondo (Tucci) manages the Restaurant, which they have called Paradise, and is committed to life in the USA despite the failing of the restaurant and his brother's suggestion that they should return to Italy.
The final scene is courageous film-making. In a long, virtually wordless, single-take, one character cooks an omelette and shares it with two others. It works perfectly. This is food healing rifts and bringing people together, not for the first time in these Top Ten Food Movies.

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