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Yum Yum Yum + Italianamerican


Presented by Alexei Toliopoulos & Mitch Orr

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This duo of short films encapsulates the joy and comfort of food in two migrant communities in the USA: second generation Italian-Americans in 1970s New York and Cajun/Creole families in Louisiana gather to wax nostalgic about their heritage and cook up a storm. In Italianamerican, Martin Scorsese (you may have heard of him) visits his parents in their Lower Manhattan apartment and observes them bicker comfortably about their memories of growing up in Little Italy, while his mother Catherine shows us how to make her famous red sauce. Yum, Yum, Yum! A Taste of Cajun and Creole Cooking finds Les Blank and Maureen Gosling in their favourite deep-south territory with accordionist Marc Savoy (plus a huge crew of family and friends) as they demonstrate the best way to make classic dishes like fried crawfish etoufees, goo courtbouillon and gumbo.

This special screening price includes a glass of house wine, beer or spritz on arrival

Why You Should See This Film

Food makes its way into many of Les Blank's vibrant 16mm observational documentaries, whether at the aromatic forefront of Garlic Is as Good as Ten Mothers or as a cameo appearance like the perfect crawfish in Always For Pleasure. Scorsese takes a gently anthropological approach here, allowing his parents to bring up old grievances and fond memories of their childhood (his mother tactically exiting to stir the sauce if things become too tense). Both films are truly transportive experiences— you are in their world, surrounded by warm company with delicious food so vivid you can almost taste it.

Martin Scorsese, Les Blank, Maureen Gosling
Catherine Scorsese, Charles Scorsese, Martin Scorsese, Marc Savoy, Paul Prudhomme
80 minutes

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