Wednesday, November 17, 2010
The Age of Innocence Through the Eyes of a Foodie
I watched Martin Scorsese's The Age of Innocence last night for what has to be the millionth time and I found myself thinking about how this is really a secret foodie movie. Secret in the sense that it's obviously not actually about food, but foodie in the sense that there is plenty of focus on food to please someone like me who always noticed what characters are eating in the movies and television shows I watch.
It really almost makes you feel like you're actually there about to be served a plate of your own and it's a very powerful visual device in a movie like this. However, that's Martin Scorsese for you. He pays so much attention to how everything looks in every shot to help the viewer become part of the scene themselves. Really, I long to temporarily step into the world this movie portrays for many reasons, but I especially want to try the food these people are served. I notice it each and every time I watch and I never get tired of staring at it... or commenting on it. I don't even know how many times Seth has had to hear me comment on how juicy the slices of duck look in the first dinner scene or how much I want one of those blueberry muffins during that scene when May and company are having tea with Mrs. Mingott.