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Cooking History (2009)

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Interviews with military cooks from various European armies.

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Vassily Nikolaevich Logunov ... Himself
Franz Weinhart ... Himself
Klavdia Matveevna Lobanova ... Herself
Franz Wienhart ... Himself
Heinz Rüdiger ... Himself
Heinz Rudinger ... Himself
Erich Sterlike ... Himself
Liepke Distel ... Himself
Peter Merx ... Himself
Bérkés Mihaly ... Himself
Peter Silbernagel ... Himself
Jacques Besson ... Himself
René Bianchi ... Himself
Miska Becsi ... Himself
Ljudmila Kornevova ... Herself
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Interviews with military cooks from various European armies.

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6 Wars * 11 Recipes * 60 361 024 Dead

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2 July 2009 (Czech Republic)  »

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Ako sa varia dejiny  »

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cooking history - a good title
15 July 2009 | by See all my reviews

I have to admit that I started watching this documentary with low expectations, particularly because of its insufficient and irrelevant one-liner in IMDb. Actually, although this documentary tells about 'military cooking', it manages to put it into a historical. at the same time very human context.

The documentary starts with details on cooks and cooking in the German and Russian armies during the Second World War. It visit Hungarian military cooks who happened to witness Soviet occupation in 1956, then continues with two French military cooks with different viewpoints on the Algerian occupation, then it visits Czechoslovakia in 1968, again, during the Soviet Occupation. The next stop is Yugoslavia, but then, we have an interesting guest, the cook of Josip Bros Tito. Afterwards, we witness the disintegration of the same country through two different eyes / cooks. There is an epilogue as well, of which I wouldn't give any details.

To be honest, such a topic can be handled in a wide scope ranging from extremely boring to extremely loose. I think Peter Kerekes was concerned enough about that, so that he always yearns for a discourse. The other that he is good at is, although the historical venues I mentioned above are mostly eclectic, he tried to catch a common pattern by asking 'thick' questions about the similarities in military orders and recipes, about war, about occupation and collaborators, about killing. Nevertheless, humour is always there.

One last note: in the movie you'll watch animals getting killed in various ways, for their meat. These are deeply disturbing scenes, but I think, as a vegetarian, any meat eater should be disturbed.


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