Oct 23, 2023

Big Night

A Film by Campbell Scott and Stanley Tucci

New Books Network 2023

Sometimes, the idea for a film would work on paper—such is the case with Big Night (1996), a film that packs in as much real life a full novel. “Love” as a secret ingredient to a great recipe may be a cliché, but how else to explain the joy people get from cooking large meals for people they care about, gathered around a big table? Mike and Dan discuss how the two restaurants in the film offer two versions of success, why “foodies” can be irritating, and the beauty of actors who act without speaking. The restaurant may fail, but the film does not. So as you wait for that timpani to settle, give it a listen!

Stanley Tucci’s Taste: My Life Through Food is his memoir about the intersection of Italian food and families.

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