The Trip to ItalyDVD - 2014
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Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon are on an all-expenses-paid trip for the Observer. Their tough assignment is to drive through beautiful Italian country, eat lavishly, and stay in exquisite small hotels, all so that one or the other can write high-toned culinary drivel for the paper.
Comedians Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon embark on a culinary road trip of Italy. Buon apetito!
From the critics
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-It just feels odd doing something for a second time.
-You know, it’s like second album syndrome, isn't it? Everyone has this amazing, expressive first album, where they put everything into it, and the second album's a bit of a damp squib.
-It’s like trying to do a sequel, isn't it? It's never gonna be as good as the first time.
-Which is the one that people always mention when they try to search for an example of a sequel that's as good as ...
- You know, I can see the appeal in a woman like this. Volatile women are always sexy when you first meet them, but two years down the line, you're sort of saying things like: "Can you just put the lids back on these jars, please?" "I admire you taking a stand against society's mores by wearing your jumper inside out. ..."
-When Vesuvius erupted, it just went "bang!" And a cacophonous bang. They would've seen a plume of smoke, just-just "boom" right from back there.
And a cloud going up into the sky. 30,000 Hiroshima bombs, 200 megatons- imagine that loud a sound. This whole city's preserved in formaldehyde, like this artificial- that's why ifs so remarkable. It’s like a photograph
of the past.
-It’s a sculpture of the past. Well, you know, a sculpture is an impression. A photograph-that's reality.
-Yeah, but a sculpture is 3-D. A photograph is 2-D.
-Don't you think everything's melancholic once you get to a certain age?
-Garrison Keillor said, “When you're under 40, seeming unhappy makes you look interesting, but once you're 40 and beyond, you got to do everything you can to smile. Otherwise, you just look like a grumpy old man."
"My soul is an enchanted boat, which, like a sleeping swan, doth float upon the silver waves of thy sweet singing." That's Shelley, read by Burton.
There was a ... there was a time when I used to make eye contact with a woman, and she'd flash a smile back, and that's all it would be, just a little moment. Those-those women just, uh- they just- the smile you get from them is the smile they give to a benevolent uncle. Or a pest.
-Jude Law's 40-plus.
-He doesn't look it, does he? He hasn't aged like you and I.
-Well, he's balding.
-Yeah, but he's got that face, he does.
-He's got that really young bald look.
-What's the food been like so far in Italy, compared to the food
in the Lakes?
- A lot of pasta.
- A lot of pasta. Yeah. You can't do the Atkins diet
on this trip. That's for sure.
Quoting Shakespeare’s The Tempest: Nothing of him that doth fade, But doth suffer a sea-change Into something rich and strange.
Quoting Nietzsche: Sorrow is knowledge. 'They who know the most "must mourn the deepest o'er the fatal truth. The tree of knowledge is not that of life."
-That pasta, in that bowl, A ravioli, What the Italians do very well are simple foods with simple ingredients, but they have the best ingredients. They send us all the shit stuff. They hang on to the best tomatoes …
It’s not like-it’s not like it’s a new town. They've had 2,000 years to sort out the traffic system.
"He possessed two of the most important ingredients of greatness: total self-confidence and super-abundant energy. He feared nobody. He was equally at home in a palace or a tavern..."
-Tick, tick, tick.
-"A church or a brothel."
-"He was totally devoid of a sense of morality. Love for him"..."Had no connection with evil. It meant pleasure, pure and simple."
-That's not me. I've got a moral compass.
-Oh, yes, you have a moral compass. It’s just you don't know where it is.
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The locales from http://www.ft.com/cms/s/2/71126a3a-be39-11e3-961f-00144feabdc0.html :
There’s time for a brief stop at Byron’s house in Genoa before heading south to the Italian Riviera and the charming seaside village of Camogli, where terracotta-coloured houses cling to steep hillsides overlooking the aptly named Golfo Paradiso. Nearby, the fishing hamlet of San Fruttuoso is a picture-perfect setting for a plate of fritto misto on the beach at La Cantina (www.lacantinasanfruttuoso.it).
Continuing their grand tour, Coogan and Brydon drive through the rolling hills of Tuscany, before stopping off in Pisa and then Rome, where they visit the Protestant Cemetery where Shelley’s ashes are buried, the Colosseum and the Spanish Steps, and enjoy a meal at German chef Oliver Glowig’s two Michelin-starred restaurant (oliverglowig.com) near Villa Borghese.
Next stop is the Amalfi coast, where the highlights include a visit to Pompeii and a long, boozy lunch on the terrace of the elegant Villa Cimbrone hotel in Ravello. The trip ends in Capri with yet another memorable meal, this time at Il Riccio, the breezy seafront restaurant of the Capri Palace Hotel.
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