Okay, so obviously life is about matching one thing with another. And some films simply go better with certain foods and beverages. In the big cinema, this is not really an issue because the food is popcorn and the beverage is soft. Okay, but what about at home? Aha, well, yes. This is where you can sometimes enhance your overall experience by matching your film with various solid and liquid comestibles. Now one thing you may notice is I often suggest foods which hail from the same place of origin as the film itself. This may seem like a too facile or unmeritorious association. It’s not.
La Dolce Vita and 8 ½ – firm Italian Barolo. The Barolo reveals its secrets layer by layer just as Fellini’s two films reveal theirs. Both wine and film hypnotize you
into a state of deeper pleasure. And in the case of La Dolce Vita, you
actually do need a wine that can continue to evolve for the two hour time.
Amarcord and Juliet of
the Spirits - a lighter-style, fruit-forward (but not cheap) Italian red
such as a Barbera, Dolcetto or any number of Tuscan choices.
Satyricon - God knows.
Antonioni – see Fellini
La Grand Illusion – many possibilities. Officers drink German Riesling or crisp
Chablis or Sancerre. Enlisted men can have a vin de table such as a Côtes du Rhône or any
Rules of the Game – something good, red. Probably
The Golden Coach – rough Portuguese red or smooth Tempranillo. Your choice.
French Cancan – light-bodied French red such as Chinon Rouge and even a villages
Touchez Pas au Grisbi, Le Trou –
soft, white cheese (French) and a crusty bread. And wine. Red, or
Godard – varies; for most Godard, coffee; it is best to watch in between meals
and/or with coffee, possibly even a midday viewing is best; with early Godard, it is perfectly acceptable to view in parts (that’s how the Laertians did it; and that’s how he himself does it), and in fact, if anything, all breakfast foods are best with most Godard (coffee, tea, eggs, toast, sugar measured by a tiny spoon).
Cassavetes – American Beer if you can stand it. If not, substitute with your favorite
medium-bodied imported beer and lie. Or Jello shots.
Tarkovsky – whatever you feel like.
Bresson – just watch the film.
Herzog – depends. Manioc beer? Beer? You decide.
Fassbinder - some kind of pain medication.
Bergman – Vodka (and plenty).
Kubrick – also depends.
Wong Kar-Wai – beer mostly.
Kurosawa, Ozu, Suzuki – beer or sake.
Welles, Leone – popcorn and soda. Buy me a soda?