Paleo, Veganism, and Gene Kelly: When Food and Films Collide

The latest stop on my quest to see every single Best Picture winner ever: An American in Paris. So what does Gene Kelly have in common with Veganism and the Paleo Diet? Absolutely nothing at all!

The Winz combined forces with Zoe over at SexyTofu for a Food and Films excursion, Part Dos! If you’ll so kindly recall, we once ate tofu fried rice and watched Rain Man. It was both glorious and delicious. This time, we outdid ourselves once again, which really just means that we got fat and watched some TV together.

The Food:
To satisfy our body’s need for occasional foodstuffs, we made this delicious dish I stole found on my buddy-ol’-pal Shannon’s site Cumin and Coriander. The dish: Thai Chicken, Sweet Potato, and Spinach Curry. You can find the recipe there, but this coconut milky, curry-filled dish of extreme awesomeness pleases every time (Tip: Boil your potatoes for a minute or two to quicken the cook time. Use the entire can of coconut milk for more juicy goodness. And don’t forget that Sriracha. It’s clutch). Zoe’s a vegan (hence: tofu) so she had hers with Satan on the side (Seitan – a product made from Wheat Gluten). And me? I’m currently rockin’ the Paleo diet (more on that later), so my dish was made with mucho chicken (mmm, protein) and no added salts or wheats. Only natural¬†ingredients that are either from the ground or able to be killed. Holla, animal slaughter! Just kidding. A good movie-watching session should always be paired with good food. And booze. Although our meal remained alcohol-free, we cooked the shit out of that shit.

The Film:
An American in Paris was the winner from 1951, except thanks to the marvels of modern technology, we watched the Blu-ray edition. You know what that means? COLOR. Hell, yeah.

Although Gene Kelly can tap his ass off, the film left a little to be desired. I had no idea what the hell was happening about three times throughout the 115-minute run. Long-winded musical numbers disturbed the pacing and seemed out of place, at times. The relationships and story were also a little forced. It seemed to be a platform to show off Kelly’s mad skillz rather than to serve a story (The Artist, anyone?). People spoke French and then they danced and tapped. That’s it in a nutshell. The inclusion of color really added a lot, as many of the scenes were definitely bolstered by its vibrant display of yellows, greens, and blues. The coloration definitely gave it more of a fun appeal, and I think we may have struggled a bit more had we watched in black and white.

Despite its shortcomings, Kelly was great, as was Nina Foch as Milo Roberts, an older ladyfriend and socialite who shows interest in our hero and his artwork. The film was shot in Hollywood, so the French-style of the film was contrived and overly theatrical, but hey man, it was 1951. They were probably still shocked that they were making their pictures move. All in all, I didn’t love it, but I didn’t hate it (looking at YOU, Midnight Cowboy!)

Good food, good moviefilm, and though it’s not on the Quest, I should probably see Singing in the Rain sometime….in the very far, ever-distant future. After I watch these other 46 Best Pictures. Blerg!

5 thoughts on “Paleo, Veganism, and Gene Kelly: When Food and Films Collide

  1. Who you calling fat?! Also It’s not my fault cavemen didn’t booze…because I would have boozed while we ated and filmeded. I be edit for job.

  2. I don’t know how old the writer of this piece is but let me assure her that “An American In Paris” was not colorized. It was originally shot in glorious Technicolor and the Blue Ray version gives you what I saw in the film’s theatrical release in 1951.

    While the writer feels that the musical numbers are overly long I think that most of us appreciate the celebration of the Gershwin canon, not to mention the exaltation of Gene Kelly’s prodigious talents.

  3. I’m 28 and I’m on a marathon sprint to watch every single Best Picture winner in the history of the Academy Awards. I obviously know that it wasn’t originally in color, but the Blu-ray version we watched was. And there’s no question – the Gershwin/Kelly combo was pretty slick!

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