By Amy Biller, Kitchen Trends Expert, Snaidero USA
At Snaidero USA, we think of the kitchen as the heart of the home, the place where life happens, the backdrop to special moments, conducive to socialization and family time. That’s always been the philosophy behind the Snaidero kitchens.
So, as a celebration of the role kitchens play in our lives, we have started a new series of posts about famous kitchen scenes in movies!
The Big Chill (1983): Kitchen Scenes
In this classic movie directed by Lawrence Kasdan (starring Glenn Close, Kevin Kline, William Hurt, Jeff Goldblum, Meg Tilly, Tom Berenger, Mary Kay Place and JoBeth Williams) the kitchen is the scenery of pivotal moments in the characters’ dynamics.
The film is about a group of college friends reuniting after many years for a friend’s funeral. While they have kept more or less in touch, their lives have changed and their different personalities seem more at odds now that they are older.
As they end up spending a weekend together after the funeral, they try to come to terms with their friend’s suicide and understand what has happened to their once close-knit group.
In one iconic scene, the friends work together to clean up the kitchen after dinner while dancing to the tune of “Ain’t Too Proud To Beg” by The Temptations. It’s a simple moment that nonetheless gives us a glimpse into the way the characters used to be as a group, the friendship that still unites them, how comfortable they are with each other and how “in sync” they can be even in spite of their differences.
In the last scene of the movie, after a climactic series of confrontations between the characters, the friends reunite once more in the kitchen for one last breakfast before departing. Another seemingly ordinary moment becomes pregnant with meaning, as the friends have realized what they mean to each other and make that known to one another through small gestures and silent glances.
We are witness to a group of people who know they are a family and the kitchen is the perfect place for them – and us, as spectators – to realize that.
Do you like The Big Chill? What do you think of these kitchen scenes?