Yes, here we are in the second week of March, continuing with our “Food Films” theme, this Friday, March 13, 2009 TFC will screen BIG NIGHT (1996). Co-Director Stanley Tucci, who also co-wrote the script, carried this gem around with him for several years looking for financing. It turned out to be a family affair, when several of his old friends and fellow Indie actors came up with the cash. Pals Liev Schreiber, who did a cameo, Steve Buscemi and Oliver Platt assisted with producing it. Another old buddy, Campbell Scott did the co-directing on this movie. Tucci cared enough about the character he was playing to want someone else to direct his scenes. Tucci went on to direct THE IMPOSTERS (1998) with Oliver Platt, and JOE GOULD’S SECRET (2000) with Ian Holm. The casting was masterful, yet odd. The dialogue coaches were busy. Tucci, as An Italian-American, had the ear for it. Tony Shalhoub, who is Lebanese, was thoroughly convincing speaking in Italian. A nice surprise, British actor Ian Holm, was pitch-perfect as the bantam cock businessman Pascal. Only Isabella Rosellini was the only actual Italian on the shoot. The period cinematography was done by Indie veteran Ken Kelsch, with many of the scenes done on the New Jersey shore. Kelsch has lensed 43 movies since 1979. The film won (8) awards, placing well at Sundance, and with the New York Film Critics.
Roger Ebert wrote, “The movie is about food not as a subject—but as a language, the language by which one can speak to the gods, can create, can seduce, can aspire to perfection. This is a film of great wisdom and delight.”
Todd McCarthy of VARIETY wrote, “This film is extremely well directed, making for a smartly-made delightfully acted period piece whose sensibility neatly straddlesa art films and the mainstream.”
Peter Travers of ROLLING STONE wrote, “Plot takes a back seat to atmosphere in this pungent meditation on the culinary arts and business.”
BIG NIGHT (1996) Directed by Campbell Scott & Stanley Tucci @ 107 minutes.
The film stars Tony Shalhoub, Stanley Tucci, Isabella Rosellini, Campbell Scott, Marc Anthony, Minnie Driver, Ian Holm, Liev Schreiber, and Allison Janney.
Synopsis: Two Italian brothers struggle to make their new restaurant successful. Primo is a talented chef, but often he is too proud to prepare “routine dishes”. Secondo, runs the business and functions as maître de; and their sibling conflicts bombard us with comic and touching moments. Finally as a last ditch effort to save the restaurant, a special benefit dinner will be prepared for some wealthy and influential patrons, one “big night” to put them over. This film won the Special Jury Prize at Sundance. Tagline: “In love and life, one big night can change everything.”
Please join us this Friday, March 13, 2009 for a screening of this marvelous film. It will be shown at the Center for Spiritual Learning, located in Tacoma at the corner of Division and J Street, at 206 N. J Street. Those who like visiting and fellowship may arrive by 6pm. We gather in the basement in the kitchen area. The Phantom Director and Farishta will be serving a hot entre by 6:10pm. Anyone who would wants to bring bread, desserts, or beverages—feel free to do so. We will have the Raffle tickets available again, at one buck per ticket, with the winners getting 40% of the gathered funds, or a DVD of some fabulous film. There will be a short film shown at 7pm, and BIG NIGHT will screen immediately after the raffle and introduction. See you at the Movies!