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Saturday, November 22, 2008

I never eat my crusts. I never have and I never will. Live with it.

My favourite eating scene in a movie is in The Marx Brothers' Room Service. All meals should be like this, no talking, just comedic hunger, the funny side of famished. The last scene in Woman of the Year where Kate makes breakfast and serves it to Spencer is also dialogue-less brilliance. Agent Cooper with his pie and coffee in Twin Peaks. Billy Madison with his sloppy joe. Toni Colette eating that popsicle in Little Miss Sunshine. Steve Carell saying "a la mode" in the same flick. Tom Jones. Tom Hanks nibbling the tiny corn in Big. Stanley clearing the table with his greasy fingers in A Streetcar Named Desire. Jack and the chicken salad sandwich scene. And, of course, that climactic dinner scene in The Miracle Worker, a riveting dramatic bookend to the Marx Brothers' comedic noshing.

I'm hungry.

8 comments:

aaronschwartz said...

Why don't you eat your crusts? Are there movies that feature crusts? Starving children? Jewish mothers maybe? By the way, I like that picture.

Vargas said...

In the crust genre we have Crust, a movie about a 7 ft long shrimp, and Gingerdead Man 2: Passion of the Crust with the tagline: Fresh Baked Horror. The crust genre is a subgenre of the pie genre (Stand By Me, Twin Peaks, American Pie)and is not to be confused with the crusty genre: It's Wonderful Life fits into this category by virtue of its crusty old character Mr Potter. Also Min and Bill. Bill being the crusty one of course. Min is one of Louis B Mayer's loving mother characters. He had many of them, all modeled after his own wonderful (and Jewish) mother: Mary Astor in Meet Me in St. Louis, Greer Garson as Mrs. Miniver, Anne Revere in National Velvet.

tom henry said...

Bobby: I'd like an omelet, plain, and a chicken salad sandwich on wheat toast, no mayonnaise, no butter, no lettuce. And a cup of coffee.
Waitress: A #2, chicken salad sand. Hold the butter, the lettuce, the mayonnaise, and a cup of coffee. Anything else?
Bobby: Yeah, now all you have to do is hold the chicken, bring me the toast, give me a check for the chicken salad sandwich, and you haven't broken any rules.
Waitress: You want me to hold the chicken, huh?
Bobby: I want you to hold it between your knees

If this were the only movie scene ever, I'd be only too happy. Like the back then still vital Jack channeling the always vital Larry david. Pure brilliance.

Vargas said...

Ah, just reading the dialogue gives me a thrill. I once said that if the only movie scene ever was Brando talking to his dead wife in Last Tango in Paris I'd be happy. While that is true I wouldn't want to live in a world bereft of the chicken salad san scene. I gotta have both.

aaronschwartz said...

If you're looking to save time and still feel entirely unbereft, I will be happy to put together a scene where Marlon Brando talks to a chicken sandwich.

Vargas said...

I believe Marlon does talk to a chicken sandwich in Viva Zapata! In fact, it's the second act climax.

aaronschwartz said...

Well there ya go!

Vargas said...

I stand corrected. Zapata was actually addressing a tuna salad sandwich in the scene in question. It must have been The Island of Dr Moreau where Brando chats with the chicken salad san.