A good wine is like a good movie: it lasts for a moment and leaves a taste of glory in your mouth; it is new in every sip and, like movies, it is born and reborn in every flavor.
Federico Fellini (1920-1993) has been considered one of the most important Italian directors of the 20th century. Winner of four Oscars and numerous international awards, he left behind masterpieces in the history of cinema such as "La Dolce Vita", "8 1/2", "The nights of Cabiria", "Amarcord" or " La Strada ”.
Wine and its environment have been a common element around which numerous arguments revolve that explore all its facets: romanticism, ambition, adventure, drama, humor, melancholy, emotion, history, … In all of them, wine has been an element central in the plot, either to introduce us to the story, as a true secondary character or as a true protagonist.
Who has not laughed at the funny adventures of Kate (Meg Ryan) trying to get her boyfriend back in “French Kiss” (Lawrence Kasdan, 1995) and finding instead Luc (Kevin Kline) who dreams of a vineyard in his town native? The vineyards of “A walk through the clouds” (Alfonso Aráu, 1995) have also been the ideal environment in which Victoria / Aitana Sánchez falls in love with Paul (Keanu Reaves) under the watchful eye of the rigid patriarch of the Don Pedro Aragón clan (Anthony Quin). And the vineyard and the vineyards are also a special environment in which to recover the lost identity, as in “Under the Tuscan Sun” (Audrey Wells, 2003) a depressed American writer (Diana Lane) travels to Italy to discover joy of life and friendship or in “A Good Year” (Ridley Scott, 2006) in which an aggressive executive (Russell Crowe) remembers the good moments of his childhood in the French vineyards of his uncle, which he has received as an inheritance.
But it is not only love and romanticism: the darker face was faithfully portrayed in the masterly Oscar-winning “Days of Wine and Roses” (Blake Edwards, 1962) starring Jack Lemmon and Lee Remick (and both winners of the Oscars of that year to the best leading actors), in which a couple plunges into the drama of alcoholism, portrayed in all starkness. Or the ambition of an evil Angela Channey (Jane Wyman) running a winery in Napa Valley in the soap opera “Falcon Crest”.
And to close, we return to its friendly and funnier face in which wine is the element around which the plot revolves. Stanley Kramer’s film, “The Secret of Santa Vittoria” (1969) in which a drunken mayor (Anthony Quin), a crushing countess (Virna Lisa) and a German commander (Hardy Kruger) engage in a hilarious search for all the wine production of the village.
Sofa, blanket, cinema … and a good glass of wine in your hands, what better plan to enjoy in good company?