Cimarron film paired with Oklahoma prairie food

F&F-Cimarron

Image: Saveur

Starring Richard Dix and Irene Dunne

Rating 6/10

Plot:

– It is the dawn of the American empire; 1889. President Benjamin Harrison had ‘acquired’ 2,000,000 acres for a land rush; a ‘first in best dressed’ kind of affair. 50,000 people lined up at high noon on the 22nd of April and this is where Cimarron begins.
– Here we meet Yancey Cravat, a newspaperman and a lawyer. Although he misses out on a portion of land, he decides to move to Osage, Oklahoma, to start a newspaper and obey his thirst for adventure. His wife and son, Cim, reluctantly follow him into this very new and dangerous land. Gambling, outlaws and lewd behaviour are the order of the day. Eventually, Yancey overcomes the evil in the town but lusts for more action. He leaves wife, son, daughter and home for the more exciting new lands that are being opened up.
– Thus begins a tumultuous journey of loss, love and loyalty, the three ‘L’s. His wife, Sabra is loyal to the end, even taking over the newspaper and leaving him as Editor. This makes for endearing but equally frustrating viewing. “Just dump the bum” I wanted to shout. But this is a refined lady who eventually becomes one of the first Congresswomen; a tough broad if ever I saw one. Yancey is nothing but a disloyal, selfish, self-righteous man who simply seeks pleasure and kudos for himself and nothing more.

Entree:

So what do you think that scoundrel, Yancey Cravat and his fine family would eat the new Oklahoman (?) settlements on the edge of a dusty prairie? Well here’s some ideas that you can cook up while you watch, eat and enjoy; starting with the delicious Smoked Tomato Soup recipe from Saveur.

F&F-Cimarron

Image: Saveur

Review:

This is an epic movie. It spans forty years in a new land with many dangers lurking around corners and in the dessert of the new world. It is a story about love and trials, so I think it does tick the epic box which means that it should be worthy of an Oscar. It challenges conventions, discussing the treatment of Indians in a progressive way and also the fact that the female character had a successful career was equally impressive.

Being a classic movie, it is really hard to compare to modern equivalents. It can’t beat Wings or All Quiet… but it was an education in the dark realities of early American history.  But is this film worthy of an Oscar?  Judge for yourself!

Check out the amazing land run clip here at TCM…

Main meal:

And then there was pork! Slow-cooked in yummy sauces and flavours and herbs and stuff. Are you drooling. Make this and drool no more. It’s Pork and Bean Chalupas recipe from Just Another Day in Paradise. It’s made on homemade Fry Bread. Can I get a “Yum”?

Cimarron Trivia:

  • Budget: $1.5 million
  • 5000 extras, 28 cameras, wagons, horses and one penny farthing were used to create the land rush scene, taking one week to film
  • The film also won Oscars for Best Writing, Adaption and Best Art Direction
  • The film never recouped the $1.5 million due to the depression

Dessert:

I can imagine those brave souls on the prairie sweating sweat-tears of joy over this fantabulastical dish. It’s the very delish Caramel-Apple Pie recipe from Saveur. Oh my goodness – caramel and apples… perfect combo.

F&F-Cimarron

Image: Saveur

What’s your favourite rustic prairie recipe?

More amazing films paired with delicious food:

Grand Hotel movie matched with tasty German dishes
It Happened One Night film matched with road trip food
Mrs Miniver movie matched with good ‘ole English food

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