26 February 2011

Weekend Cooking: Big Night

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I recently watched Big Night, a 1996 film starring Tony Shalhoub and Stanley Tucci. The two brothers come to New York in the 1950s to open an Italian restaurant. Pimo (played by Shalhoub) is a master chef who is all about the artistry and perfection of food. Secondo (Tucci) is all about the money.

The food may be wonderful, but New Yorkers are not beating down the doors to eat at the brothers' restaurant. Just as they are about to go broke, they get a chance to cook for a famous jazz musician. Will they be a success? Have they been set up?

The all-star cast of this independent film includes Ian Holm, Minnie Driver, and Isabella Rossellini. The acting is great, but the movie starts off quite slowly. I loved the food scenes, although they were not quite enough to make me love the film. The movie did, however, make me crave Italian food!


caite 2/26/11, 6:56 AM  

I love this movie...love it!

Marg 2/26/11, 7:14 AM  

I don't recall ever hearing of this movie before, but it could be that I just don't remember it. Looks like fun.

Julie P. 2/26/11, 8:46 AM  

I'll hold off on this one if it made you hungry! LOL!

Dawn @ sheIsTooFondOfBooks 2/26/11, 9:03 AM  

I haven't heard of this movie (although I suppose it's possible I saw it back in 1996 and just don't remember it).

Isn't it great how even a slow movie can make you crave food?! We saw "Breaking Legs" at a community theater a few weeks ago. It was set in an Italian restaurant, and I swear they piped in the scent of garlic and olive oil ... I so craved Italian food at the end of the show!

Peaceful Reader 2/26/11, 9:06 AM  

I've watched this movie and I had the same craving for Italian food but the movie was less-than-thrilling.

Why are you trying hard not to bake this weekend?

Beth 2/26/11, 9:16 AM  

wait, Stanley Tucci used to have hair?! Showing my age here ;-)

Beth F 2/26/11, 9:17 AM  

I'm trying not to bake because Mr. BFR and I don't really need the calories. I may cave by tomorrow, though. :)

bermudaonion 2/26/11, 9:17 AM  

It's a shame there wasn't enough in the movie to make you love it - I'm a fan of Stanley Tucci's, so I was hoping you'd be raving about this one.

Leslie (Under My Apple Tree) 2/26/11, 9:31 AM  

Somehow I missed this one. Not sure how that happened... I usually catch Italian food based movies! I'll remember to watch it after dinner.

Trish @ Love, Laughter, Insanity 2/26/11, 10:49 AM  

I haven't heard of this movie but I love Stanley Tucci. Another foodie movie he was in that I enjoyed was Julie and Julia. Loved him as Julia Child's husband.

Nan 2/26/11, 10:59 AM  

I love, I love, I love this movie! And the soundtrack, which I own. I am not offering anything 'foodie' this weekend but shall go read everyone else's. I so enjoy this weekly event in my life.

Alex 2/26/11, 11:03 AM  

I never heard of this movie, but it has two of my favorite actors in it, so I am definitely going to look for it because I am also one of those people who loved Stanley Tucci in Julie and Julia.

Marie 2/26/11, 11:42 AM  

I haven't heard of this movie, but I'll keep my eye out for it.

Anonymous,  2/26/11, 11:52 AM  

I don't know this movie, but it looks like great fun. Some good actors, too.

Esme 2/26/11, 11:52 AM  

I will have to check out this movie. I have never heard of it.

Heather 2/26/11, 12:53 PM  

Running a successful restaurant must be one of the most difficult businesses. I don't know how my neighbours do it.

Kim 2/26/11, 1:08 PM  

Welll....even though you didn't care for the film much, I think I still may need to watch it. I love Stanley Tucci. His so versatile and just plain good at every part he plays. Thanks for the spotlight...

Nise' 2/26/11, 1:26 PM  

I have not seen the movie. Mine has nothing to do with food, although it was $1 beer and dog night at the hockey game where I got my hair cut.

Buried In Print 2/26/11, 2:08 PM  

This is one of my favourite films; I've watched it several times. I find the pacing is measured and of course much of the action is internal, but that suits me just fine. And it also fits with the idea of Slow Food.

Diann 2/26/11, 2:18 PM  

I've never seen this movie. I am going to have to check it out. Whenever I watch Moonstruck, I have to go out for an Italian meal afterwards! LOL

Vasilly 2/26/11, 2:23 PM  

I haven't heard of this movie before but I think I'm going to add it to my Netflix list. I love movies about food.

Michelle 2/26/11, 2:34 PM  

I don't think I'vve ever seen this one, I'm going to have to check it out soon.

Joy Weese Moll 2/26/11, 6:33 PM  

We enjoyed the cooking scenes in this movie a lot -- it even inspired more cooking in our house!

Florinda 2/26/11, 6:54 PM  

There's a little Italian restaurant in my neighborhood that has a poster for this movie on the wall. My husband and I watched it not long ago (his first time, my second), and it made me want to get in the kitchen and cook up something delicious from my own Italian heritage. (That, and dance around to "Mambo Italiano.")

Athira 2/26/11, 10:05 PM  

You have me curious about this movie! I just found it on Netflix, so I'll have to give it a watch!

Chinoiseries 2/27/11, 4:14 AM  

I hadn't heard of this movie before. Movies about food are the best, aren't they? :)

Rebecca Rasmussen 2/27/11, 9:44 AM  

I saw this movie with my husband a few years ago and remember loving the food in the movie and liking the movie. Nevertheless, I'd LOVE some Italian food right now :)

Rebecca Rasmussen 2/27/11, 9:44 AM  

I saw this movie with my husband a few years ago and remember loving the food in the movie and liking the movie. Nevertheless, I'd LOVE some Italian food right now :)

Belle Wong 2/27/11, 2:42 PM  

Haven't seen this movie before. I do enjoy Italian food, though!

Julie Goucher 2/27/11, 5:22 PM  

I have just found the link to the foodie blog hop and wish I had found it earlier.

Ikkin-bot 2/27/11, 7:27 PM  

oops! mine is about making black sesame buns! Easy and delicous!

Jenners 2/27/11, 8:13 PM  

Oh I remember this movie! It was a fun one ... and the music was great as I recall.

Zibilee 2/27/11, 10:13 PM  

I kind of have a nerdy crush on Tony Shalhoub, and need to see this movie. Thanks for bringing this to my attention!

Sassy B. 2/28/11, 12:06 PM  

One of my very favorite films.

Anonymous,  2/28/11, 12:41 PM  

I absolutely love Big Night -- seen it twice now ;)

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