Off The Menu: The Last Days of Chasen's

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DVD Features:

  • Rated: Not Rated
  • Run Time: 1 hours, 30 minutes
  • Video: Color
  • Released:
  • Originally Released: 1997
  • Label: New Video Group
  • Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
  • Packaging: Keep Case
  • Aspect Ratio: Full Frame - 1.33
  • Audio:
    • Dolby Digital Stereo - English
  • Additional Release Material:
    • Audio Commentary: Shari Springer Berman, Robert Pulcini - Directors, Raymond Bilbool - Star
  • Interactive Features:
    • Interactive Menus
    • Scene Access
  • Text/Photo Galleries:
    • Stills/Photos
    • Additional Text: Exclusive Chasen's Recipes
    • Biographies: Shari Springer Berman, Robert Pulcini - Directors

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Entertainment Reviews:

Entertainment Weekly - 10/29/1999
"...A gentle rumination on nostalgia itself..." -- Rating: B
New York Times - 06/19/1998
"...[A] valuable, poignant and often funny film..."
Los Angeles Times - 05/15/1998
"...An irresistible piece of social history assembled with wit and panache..."
USA Today - 11/05/1999
"...No other movie has given such and in-depth look at the precision involved between the kitchen and other staffers to run an R&R establishment for high rollers..."

Product Description:

In 1936, vaudeville performer Dave Chasen opened a modest restaurant on the edge of West Hollywood, serving up a specialty chili which, according to legend, he originally concocted in the kitchen of director Frank Capra. Over the next 60 years, Chasen's restaurant rose to culinary and cultural fame as it catered to Hollywood's elite--Humphrey Bogart, Rock Hudson, Grace Kelly, Frank Sinatra, Jimmy Stewart, and Elizabeth Taylor all dined on Chasen's famous fare--as well as U.S. presidents, foreign dignitaries, and royalty. So when the legendary eatery finally closed its doors in 1995, filmmakers Shari Springer Berman and Robert Pulcini (AMERICAN SPLENDOR) set out to document Chasen's final days through archival footage and interviews with management, staff and celebrity regulars such as Quentin Tarantino, Sharon Stone, Jay Leno, and John Travolta, resulting in a nostalgic homage to the golden age of Hollywood and the end of an era.

Plot Keywords:

Country | Documentary | Food | Historical | Hollywood | Los Angeles, California | Music (General) | Nostalgic

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Product Info:

  • ISBN: 0767061063
  • UPC: 767685958438
  • Shipping Weight: 0.23/lbs (approx)
  • International Shipping: 1 item