Saturday, February 25, 2012

Cinematic References to the Liver

In honor of the Oscars, I performed an Internet Movie Database search for cinematic references to the liver. The most famous comes from Silence of the Lambs. Anthony Hopkins plays a psychopathic serial killer, Hannibal Lector who said that he ate a victim’s liver served with “some fava beans and a nice chianti.”
Here is imdb’s list of movies/shows with liver in the title:
·          The Liver Eaters aka Spider Baby (US 1968)
·          The Fast Liver aka Gokudo (Japan, 1968)
·          The Liver Birds (UK 1969; TV)
·          Bad Liver & a Broken Heart (US 1996; short)
·          I'd Rather Have Cod Liver Oil aka Dann schon lieber Lebertran (UK 1931; short)
·          Fried Liver aka Tezhvzhik (Soviet Union1962; short)
·          The Cannibal's Liver (UK 2007; short)
·          Brown's German Liver Cure (UK 1911; short)
·          Liver and Bunions aka Cured in the Excitement (US 1927; short)
·          I Am Joe's Liver (US 1984; short)
·          Liver-Colored Dew (US 2005; short)
·          Liver It Up (US 2011; short)
·          The Chopped Liver Brothers (US 1977 TV)
·          The Lightning Liver Cure (US 1920)
·          The Lobster and the Liver: The Unique World of Jim Woodring (Canada 2010; documentary)
Finally, a five-minute short video called, Liver (US 2005). The synopsis is, “Guy is looking for work, in a small town. The job he finds isn't what he expected.” It is listed as a comedy. Has anyone seen it?
I can see it now—the annual Liver Film Festival. Move over Cannes, it is time to share the spotlight. Obviously it should be hosted in Liverpool.

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