This week, JohnnyMelodica takes a look at food in film, and explores themes of commensailty in Federico Fellini’s “Satyricon,” a 1969 (and what better year to make a movie?) film adaptation of the ancient work by Petronius, an account of a night of decadence and debauchery on the town called Rome, a phantasmagoria at times hideous, hilarious, spellbinding and unhinging. Also Julie Taymor’s 1999 transhistorical adaptation of the Bard’s tragedy “Titus Andronicus,” a violent and visceral tale of family, food, power, and bloody revenge also set at the dizzying height of the Empire. See what happens when geniuses, goddesses and madmen, beggars, thieves, charlatans, lovers and frauds share the table in this fun-packed episode of Cinematalk.
Johnnymelodica embarks on a journey of enlightenment, exploring the archetype of the Zen Assassin Monk alongside the enigmatic Stranger of auteur Jim Jarmusch’s minimalist Spanish noir “The Limits of Control (2009),” finds himself in a strange city with Bill Murray’s semi-autobiographical character Bob Harris in Sofia Coppola’s “Lost in Translation (2003),” and ‘gets the friendship thing going’ with Bob Wiley (Murray) and Dr. Leo Marvin (Dreyfuss) in Frank Oz’s hilarious and unsettling study of the doctor-patient relationship, “What About Bob (1991).”