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Tue, Mar 28 at 8:00pm


  • Dir. Jûzô Itami
  • Japan
  • 1985
  • 114 min.
  • NR
  • 4K DCP

In Japanese with English subtitles

  • Assistive Listening
  • Subtitled
  • Hearing Loop

Part of Science on Screen 2023

National Evening of Science on Screen®

The tale of an eccentric band of culinary ronin who guide the widow of a noodle shop owner on her quest for the perfect recipe, this rapturous “ramen western” by Japanese director Jûzô Itami is an entertaining, genre-bending adventure underpinned by a deft satire of the way social conventions distort the most natural of human urges — our appetites. Interspersing the efforts of Tampopo (Nobuko Miyamoto) and friends to make her café a success with the erotic exploits of a gastronome gangster and glimpses of food culture both high and low, the sweet, sexy, and surreal TAMPOPO is a lavishly inclusive paean to the sensual joys of nourishment, and one of the most mouthwatering examples of food on film ever made.

Post-Screening Discussion Topic: 
A Multisensory World: How Interactions Between the Senses Shape Our Perceptions of Our World.

About the Speaker:
Mark T. Wallace is the holder of the Louise B. McGavock Endowed Chair in Neuroscience at Vanderbilt University. He is Professor of Psychology, Hearing & Speech Sciences, Pharmacology, and Psychiatry, as well as a member of the Vanderbilt Brain Institute, the Vanderbilt Kennedy Center and the Vanderbilt Vision Research Center. Dr. Wallace has served as the Director of the Vanderbilt Brain Institute and as Dean of the Vanderbilt Graduate School. He has received a number of awards for both his research and his teaching, including the Faculty Excellence Award of Wake Forest University, the Outstanding Young Investigator in the Basic Sciences and was named as the Frijda Chair in Cognitive Science at the University of Amsterdam in 2015. He is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and a fellow of the Association for Psychological Science (APS). Dr. Wallace has an established record of research funding from the National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation and a number of private foundations, and is the author of more than 500 research presentations and publications. He currently serves on multiple journal editorial boards and is an officer in three scientific societies. His work has employed a multidisciplinary approach to examining multisensory processing, and focuses upon the neural architecture of multisensory integration, its development, its role in guiding human perception and performance, and changes in sensory and multisensory function in the context of aging, autism, dyslexia and schizophrenia.

Science on Screen® is an initiative of the Coolidge Corner Theatre, with major support from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.

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