There are certain moments in film that evoke emotions that seem to reach our very soul. The combination of the dramatic music, artistic angles or selective dialogue simply make magic. Social graces often include the prop of coffee in theses moments and I never really realized how a hot beverage influences our emotions on film. As coffee has become the cornerstone of our morning routines, it has also infiltrated the world of film. A cup of Joe can bring people together in conversation, in film this prop sets up that discussion. Coffee gives us something to hold onto, taking a sip fills an awkward pause. Discussion about the beverage creates a shared experience. All of theses instances are shared on film. Today I bring to you a few examples of coffee on camera that are my favorites. While reviewing the material I discovered that coffee is transformed in different ways to elevate the themes of the TV/films. Just as each cup of coffee is individualized, so is its on screen counter part.
COFFEE ON CAMERA…
BIG BANG THEORY
What can I say but I think Sheldon is awesome. He may have his quirks but so does everyone. He knows social graces and always offers a hot beverage in time of need. His gentlemanly nature comes out as he offers coffee, tea or sometimes chicken broth, depending upon what is in the cupboard. Although this is not specifically coffee, it does bring to light manners associated with serving hot beverages. This idea is one I hope to bring to the coffee shop. Whatever your day is like, let me offer you a hot beverage and a smile.
I love Looney toons cartoons! Growing up my nickname was Laureney Toons because I watched them so much! One of my very favorite cartoons is a rare character. Pete the Puma hunts for a small rabbit but Bugs must outwit the awkward puma in order to save the bunny. How does he outwit Pete? By offering him a cup of tea! Naturally offer a hot beverage to relax and distract. How many lumps do you want? Uh?? Three or four!!
Although only two seasons, Twin Peaks was a great David Lynch show. A damn good cup of coffee influenced a lot of scenes in the series. Coffee and doughnuts at the police station or coffee at the diner, a small hot cup of coffee revealed secrets, solved crimes and brought people together.
GLENGARRY GLEN ROSS
A dramatic look into the world of real estate sales, only the two tops salesmen will keep their jobs. “Put that coffee down! Coffee is for closers” Live, eat, breathe that sale! Fight for your life. Coffee was not the subject but it was a conduit to grab the attention of the audience.
I love those movies when it all comes together in the final scene! One of my favorite films, all the drama leads up to the last scene. Watch this movie if you have not seen it! Deep in thought the detective tries to put all the pieces of the puzzle together. Who is this mystery bad guy? While sipping on a cup of coffee, he looks around the station and finds clues to the lies he has been told...he realizes he has released his suspect, shatters a cup of coffee on the ground and races down to try and catch his suspect. The voice-over, dramatic tone and the shattering of that cup bring everything together and show the audience that this detective’s world is destroyed much like the coffee on the floor.
In each of these moments coffee influences culture. Whether it is to teach social graces, out -smart an enemy, or find clarity coffee and film go hand in hand. I bring you my experience with the world of coffee and a few of my favorite pieces of film. My favorite times are sitting around the kitchen table enjoying breakfast and coffee with my family and often these movies and TV shows are what we discuss. What films do you discuss over coffee? These are my favorites but I would love to hear your favorite coffee in film scenes! I love movies and I love coffee!
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I would love to hear what coffee moments on film that did not make the list.