Cine cuisine: 12 of the best foodie moments in film

Cine cuisine: 12 of the best foodie moments in film

Food porn

Text: Noelle Faulkner

From the cherry pie of Twin Peaks to the grumble of booking a table at Dorsia, Noelle Faulkner highlights some of her favourite cuisine-centred moments to hit the screen

Twin Peaks

"The true test of any hotel, as you well know, Diane, is that morning cup of coffee."   Agent Dale Cooper's words to live by. The agent's caffeine addiction, the cherry pie, the stacked doughnuts in the police station - it's hard to watch this series without craving pie or coffee, or both at once. 

The Cook, The Thief, His Wife and Her Lover
Arguably the most decedent food scenes in the history of cinema, The Cook, The Thief, His Wife and Her Lover is a visual smorgasbord in itself.  Rich, opulent and juxtaposed with a harsh performance by a barbaric Alan Howard, and garnished with a luminous Helen Mirren, this film has the rare ability to make you hungry and lose your appetite simultaneously. 

North by Northwest
Is there a better crafted act of seduction than the North by Northwest dining cart scene by Alfred Hitchcock, starring Cary Grant and Eva Marie Saint? The distant intimacy, the ambiguity, the body language. While food might not have much to do with it, it's hard to sit in a dining cart and not think of this scene...

Saturday Night Fever
It's brief, but John Travolta strutting through New York City in the opening sequence of Saturday Night Fever, suavely munching on a double slice of Pizza is everything. Has  there ever been a cooler, more effortless pizza moment?

Marie Antoinette
With Bow Wow Wow's  "I Want Candy" stomping in the background, the sugar-dusted, totally saccharine montage in Sofia Coppola's Marie Antoinette is obnoxious, extravagant, camp and loaded with Laduree-made patisseries, cakes, desserts, petit fours and mille-feuilles, and then there's the splashing of champagne and crystal. Even the treatment appears sugar-dusted. 

Lady and the Tramp
Tony's restaurant sets the romantic scene for the most iconic doggo date in cinema, the Bella Notte scene in Lady and the Tramp. The last meatball! The Spaghetti Kiss! The sparkle in the couple's eyes!  *sigh*

Pulp Fiction
Like Twin Peaks, Pulp Fiction is ripe with excellent foodie scenes, in particular, the Big Kahuna Burger scene and the $5 shake scene - and inside the Buro 24/7 office, we've been arguing about this all day and the only thing we've agreed on is we all feel like burgers and shakes. So here's both.

American Psycho
As Sydney and Melbourne locals will know, lining up for dinner is the worst but often inevitable... Therefore, the ongoing dialogue about Dorsia is not only a yuppie lol, but 100% relatable.  

Five Easy Pieces
"What do you mean you don't make side orders of toast? You make sandwiches, don't you?" Jack Nicholson's delivery here is all time. Director Bob Rafelson has talked about the dark humour of the "No Substitutions" rule in diners (and how when he pushes it waitresses will say, "oh, you've seen that movie" unaware he made the movie), and hence, the toast scene .

Annie Hall
Capturing the absolute chaos, panic and moral confliction that is cooking live crayfish, the lobster scene in Annie Hall is adorable and neurotic and intimate at once.

The Godfather
You start out with a little bit of oil... " this movie pretty much taught me everything I know about making sauce. It's a foolpoof recipe, try it.

Sure, this is a TV series, so we're breaking the rules here, but the art direction in Hannibal is the very definition of food porn. Close shots of moist, syrupy or thickly poured sauces, glimmering glazes, flaming stoves, tender meats.. I could go on. But watch this supercut instead...

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