Saturday, September 25, 2010

Unusual WWII and Post-War Food in Film and Literature:. How Food Served as a Pivot for Experience and Survival with the Enemy


"I Was Nineteen" (1967, in Russian), directed by Konrad Wolf. A young Red Army officer, born in Cologne,Germany, sees his original homeland conquered in the final days of April-May 1945. As a bilingual psy-war officer, he has close contact with German towns people and refugees. I saw the film on Netflix.

"A Woman in Berlin" (Eine Frau In Berlin) based on the novel of same title authored by "Anonyma, 2008. Starring the delicately beautiful Nina Hoss
. Seen on Netflix

"I Served the King of England" (2006), directed by Jiri Menzel


Joanne Harris is probably the best of the batch, especially in her Five Quarters of the Orange (2001).She is the author of Chocolat and Blackberry Wine, and her narratives about food continue enforce!

Tim Uwe, The Invention of Curried Sausage (1997). Currywurst (below) is a popular German street food,
invented in Hamburg, not Berlin, as is usually supposed.

The Good German (2001), Joseph Kanon. Film version, an
Academy Award Winner, was directed by Stephen Soderberg (2006)

Jenna Blum, Those Who Save Us (2005)

Salvador Dali, Premonitions of War, 1936

[Editor's Note: Other food references during wartime will be examined in my future chapter, "Espionage, Conspiracy and War." I shall begin with the earlier authors: John Buchan, First Baron of Tweedsmuir (1875-1940), author of "the Thirty Nine Steps," "Sapper" McNeile's (1888-1937) Bulldog Drumond stories, and paintings by Gilbert Rodgers, Otto Dix and Salvador Dali (above). The next generation includes, of course, Ernest Hemingway, Graham Greene, Ian Fleming, and James Clavell. More contemporary artists will include Robert Wilson, Alan Furst, Patrick Nagatani, and Huong Duong Thu. I have not yet reviewed food in the Iraqi-Afghanistan wars.]

Otto Dix, Mealtime in the Trenches (1923-24)

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