Chance or not, the inventors of the cinematograph and precursors of cinema, the Enlightenment Brothers, were the first to shoot an advertising film. And this film was about: Champagne !! I say it’s no accident. My article was all found: alcohol in the cinema (not in theaters of course. Evin law prohibits it)
Dry Martini, Manhattan or even Cosmopolitan. All these cocktails immediately immerse us in a scene where we would like to be the main hero or not. If we look at the mythical scenes of cinema where it is about alcohol, we quickly find ourselves with a list of films to see: Rushmoor, Some like it hot, Les tontons flingueurs, Cocktail, Casablanca, The last pub before the end of the world ... in short, the list is long and everything is a matter of taste. But the experience may be interesting.
We quickly see that in the cinema, we drink a lot. We drink a lot together while partying (The very bad trip by Todd Phillips). We drink happy, we drink sad. We drink for the experience (It happened near you from Remy Belvaux and André Bonzel), we drink poetic too (Le grand bleu by Luc Besson with the famous champagne scene at the bottom of the pool) and we drink alone at the counter of a bar ... The bar is also very present. And who says bar says barman. We confide in the bartender, when it's not the other way around (Lost In Translation by Sofia Coppola). We fantasize about the bartender, hoping it's the other way around (Roger Donaldson's Cocktail). In short. We also drink for many reasons. Valid or not.
If we forget for two minutes the effects that we all know about the dangers of alcohol on the body, driving, on uncle during the Sunday midday roast beef at grandma's, etc ..., the glasses of wine, the cocktails or any other alcoholic drink find a major place in the scenarios. As an additional actor. Some drinks even become an inseparable accessory from their character: The Cosmopolitan by Carie Bratchow in Sex and the city. James Bond's Dry Martini or Jeffrey Lebowski's White Russian.
And then at the movies, everyone drinks: Santa Claus, super heroes or the Grinch, including Marylin Monroe or Nathalie Portmann. Well obviously the hangover is much faster. The joys of editing! What ?! Actors don't drink for real !? Not always, the cult scene of the toad brandy in Les bronzés font du ski? Or that of the Tontons gunslingers with the twisted gut that makes you blind?
Drinks are like a fake, a best friend who would reinforce the character's power. You will understand that cinema is cinema, but it is a bit like life. To each his own drink. Alcoholic or not. Léon in the eponymous film, Colonel Hans Landa in Inglorious Bastards or Mia Wallace in Pulp Fiction only drink milk.
So prepare the popcorn, a good blanket, a drink of whatever you want, and have a good movie! But in moderation! Not the movies, but the drink.
Lists of films to see or re-watch:
Rio Bravo de Howard Hawks
Boire et déboires de Blake Edwards
Un dernier pour la route de Philippe Godeau
Underground d'Emir Kusturica
Le jour du vin et des roses de Blake Edwards
Snatch de Guy Ritchie
A Girl Walks Into A Bar de Sebastian Gutierrez
No country for old man des Frère Cohen
Les Orgueilleux de Yves Allégret
Le bruit des glaçons de Bertrand Blier
Accords et désaccords de Woody AllenShining de Stanley Kubrick
Broken flowers de Jim Jarmusch
Le loup de Wall Street de Martin Scorcese
Gatsby le magnifique de Baz Lurhmann
Le parrain de Francis Ford Coppola
THE TURQUOISE BLUE
Pour all the ingredients into a shaker with ice cubes. Shake vigorously for a few seconds. Serve in a Martini glass.
THE WHITE RUSSIAN :
In a highball glass, pour all the ingredients over ice cubes. Serve with a mixing stick. Note: Without milk, this cocktail becomes a Black Russian.
Pour all the ingredients into a shaker with ice cubes. Pour into the glass, retaining the ice, and add a nice candied cherry.
Well there, nothing very complicated. Open the bottle and enjoy it cool, hot, or at room temperature. Directly from the gouleau or in a glass.