University of Rochester

EVENT: "Festival of Food and Film" spotlight on Japan sponsored by the University of Rochester's Department of Modern Languages and Cultures

TIME, DATE, AND PLACE: Food will be served at 6 p.m., followed by a movie at 7 p.m., on Thursday, Nov. 7, in the Gamble Room in Rush Rhees Library on the River Campus.

ADMISSION: Free and open to the public

October 7, 2002

The Department of Modern Languages and Cultures of the University of Rochester will be sharing a taste of Japanese food and culture beginning at 6 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 7, in the Gamble Room in Rush Rhees Library on the River Campus.

The "Festival of Food and Film" will start with a reception in which guests will be invited to savor the cuisine of Japan. The event will continue with the showing of the 1985 film Tampopo at 7 p.m.

The Japanese comedy, directed by Juzo Itami, pays homage to the joys of food through the story of a roguish trucker named Goro and his quest to set up the perfect ramen noodle restaurant. Woven into this main story are a number of vignettes and subplots about the love of food, ranging from a culinary kooky gangster who mixes hot sex with food to an old lady terrorizing a shopkeeper by compulsively squeeze-testing his wares. This film marked a resurgence in interest in contemporary Japanese cinema in the United States and Europe.

Admission to the food tasting and movie is free and open to the public. For more information, contact the Department of Modern Languages and Cultures at (585) 275-4251.




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