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Oscars Week: Jonathan Gold’s Top 10 food movies

Ever been to one of those dinner parties that never seemed to end? The elegant after-opera supper in Luis Bunuel’s 1962 movie starts with a spicy Maltese dish of liver, honey and almonds and promises to extend to eternity.  (Criterion Collection)
Noodles are a cipher for loneliness, but two may also eat noodles together. In Wong Kar-Wai’s 2000 film, the noodles are as achingly lovely as the ‘60s suits and silk dresses worn by Tony Leung and Maggie Cheung. (USA Films)
The second-greatest Japanese noodle movie ever made, “Udon,” directed by Katsuyuki Motohiro, more famous for his Tokyo-based police procedurals, tells the story of a man who reconciles with his father by writing a bestselling guide to the noodle shops of Japan’s Sanuki province. Nonstop noodle-on-noodle action.  ()
Leatherface and the gang are back, and they’ve got the chili concession at the fair. Widely loathed when it came out, and banned in several countries for the idiosyncrasies of the chefs’ locavore sourcing, it is nonetheless one of the funniest horror movies ever made. You will not be going out for chili after the film. ()
“The Gleaners” is a famous 19th century realist painting by Jean-François Millet that depicts peasant women scrounging for grain in an already-harvested field -- one of the first artworks to stick a sharp stick in the eye of bourgeois entitlement. Agnes Varda’s 2000 kind-of-documentary follows some contemporary gleaners, becomes a freegan manifesto for a while, and then drifts off into a meditation on the meaning of heart-shaped potatoes and art. ()
Boy meets girl. Boy loses girl. Boy eats cookies; becomes a bit stalker-ish. Will he fall for the pretty bakery girl instead? Eric Rohmer’s 1963 short is filmed on a handsome Paris block. ()
It looks like ice cream. It tastes like ice cream. But it’s not ice cream. “Are you eating it?” asks Michael Moriarty in Larry Cohen’s cult 1985 horror comedy. “Or is it eating you?” ()
Meat is murder. (Claude Chabrol, 1969) ()
The best couscous movie ever? Probably. Abdel Kechiche’s 2009 movie is about a complex Arab-French family and their new restaurant, but really it is about the pleasures of eating couscous and fish with one’s hands.  (IFC Films)
Marcello Mastroianni and three friends gather at an old mansion intent on eating themselves to death. The hijinx ensue. Marco Ferreri’s 1973 film is perhaps not for the tender of stomach. ()
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