hello folks! I am a big fan of movies where the plot is centered on a specific public place – a diner, a cafè, a station, a shop… – where the characters recurrently meet, talk and their lives intersect. I don’t know if seeing that kind of movies as a sub-genre would make sense, but I think they all share a common “mood” which is that of a comedy (in all the range from black comedy to light drama) based on the dialogues more than on the action, and often – but not necessarily – in that late 80’s- 90’s style. I would love to find a list of that kind of movies, and I decided to build one.
Would you let me know what you think about it and possibly suggest some movies that might fit?
A few examples of movies that fit in the category as I see it are:
The Watermelon Woman
even if the “mood” is a bit different, these movies might fit as well:
Fried Green Tomatoes
Million Dollar Hotel
The little shop of horrors
my list will be about movies, but exclusively as an example I’ll also mention the TV series “Cheers”, which is a perfect example of the kind of thing I am looking for.
I would NOT consider movies just set in a single place like a private house or apartment (like Last Tango in Paris or The Big Chill).
Thanks in advance!
oops, I forgot I didn’t end writing the topic title, I posted a request on the support forum, hope they’ll fix it soon. sorry :)
Trees Lounge (1996)
The Spitfire Grill (1996)
American Buffalo (1996)
Party Girl (1995)
Car Wash (1976)
Mystic Pizza (1988)
From Dusk Til Dawn (1996)
Coyote Ugy (2000)
Be Kind Rewind (2008)
thank you!! I only know a couple of the movies you mentioned, I’ll definitely check them out. thank you so much and please keep suggestions coming! when i’ll build the list i’ll link it here and viceversa and of course credit anyone who suggested a movie.
Street Of Shame
The Last Metro
The Paper (1994) they work there but since Clerks is on yr list, it ought to count
Hunger (2008) (cell block H)
Aguirre the Wrath of God (1972) (Though the place moves!)
Night of the Living Dead (1968)
Come to think of it, this is sort of an anti-list to the type of movie places you’re talking about. I guess I’m drawn to the opposite, to films about private or closed off places.
Dazed and Confused
“The Cook, The Thief, His Wife and Her Lover” perhaps.
Brief Encounter (1945)
THE SHOP AROUND THE CORNER (lubitsch)
ORNAMENTAL HAIRPIN (shimizu)
MR. THANK YOU (shimizu) (it’s a bus so it moves… but still)
TWO MASSEURS AND A WOMAN (shimizu) (lots of shimizu i guess)
ON THE BOWERY (rogosin)
CHUNGKING EXPRESS (wkw)
THE ODD COUPLE (saks)
THE CIRCUS (chaplin)
Here’s a list of the obvious-
LOCAL HERO- the hotel/ bar/ red phone box
DO THE RIGHT THING- the pizzeria
WAGES OF FEAR- the hotel/ bar where all the loser expats gather everyday
YOUNG GIRLS OF ROCHEFORT- the cafe at the town square
DAWN OF THE DEAD- the shopping mall where the living dead and survivors gathered, eventually followed by the biker gang…
Speaking of The Cook, The Thief, His Wife and Her Lover, A Zed and Two Noughts.
Thank you all!!! I wasn’t expecting so many submissions, you guys are great.
I wish I could see all these movies in a couple of days, but at least I’ll try to read the plots and see a couple scenes so that I can give you some feedback soon.
From a quick look, I’d say for example that titles like Do The Right Thing or The Shop around the Corner will probably fit, while I wouldn’t consider Psycho: together with the importance of a particular place I’m looking for the atmosphere of a public business where the spectator feels he/she could stop by some day. And I also mentioned that the movie should be a comedy – even if black comedy or mixed with some other genres – and possibly have that “90’s mood”. I want to keep that spirit as guideline first of all because that’s the kind of movies I am looking for, and also because otherwise any movie with unity of space could fit.
I’m telling this for future suggestions, but I do appriciate any kind of submission that has come, even if it will not meet the idea I have in mind and I still can’t define exactly. Grazie! :)
ok i’m back home and i’m starting to search for some of the movies that seem to fit. I began from the top of the topic with the movies by FRANCISCO, PIERRE and BALISTIC: all your movies seem to be exactly what i was looking for! i’ll watch a couple of them and when i’ve got a bunch of titles to begin with, i’ll start building the list!
Pretty much anything that takes place in a prison/ camp.
My Blueberry Nights.
I think that SubUrbia would fit in nicely.
Would Adventureland count? An amusement park is much bigger than a bar or shop.
I think that I know the mood you’re talking about, which is why I hesitate to say something like MASH, which is similar, but more about communal living than a public meeting place, or various boarding school films, or like Anonymouse said, a prison or summer camp.
The Petrified Forest (1936)
When a Woman Ascends the Stairs (1960)
The Killing of a Chinese Bookie (1976)
Come Back to the Five and Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean
Eden in Antichrist.
just dropped by to say i’m superbusy these days and I don’t have the time to reply and check out the new movies, but, thank you again and again and again, i’m writing down all the titles and i’m looking forward to seeing them all.
quick random feedback: i wouldn’t consider MASH or Antichrist, it’s not that light comedy kind of film and the places are not local public shops, except My Blueberry Nights that will surely do it for my list!
Plato’s Academy takes place outside a shop.
Er… nobody mentioned “My Dinner with Andre,” really?!
I don’t know if these are exactly comedies but they are two films by Fassbinder that basically stay in one location: Beware Of A Holy Whore and The Bitter Tears Of Petra Van Kant.
How could I forget The Cotton Club.