Laurie Lee’s Excursion to Weston-Super-Mare

Laurie Lee’s Excursion to Weston-Super-Mare

Among Laurie Lee’s vivid memories is his first picnic by the sea, a grand event sponsored by the Slad church choir. It was an annual trek of fifty-one miles to Weston-Super-Mare, on the coast, for which the most of the townsfolk stuffed themselves into hired five...
Lester’s Beatles’ Picnic in the Snow

Lester’s Beatles’ Picnic in the Snow

Help! Is Richard Lester’s romp with The Beatles. Among the many scenes is a brief picnic in the snow that sets up singing “Ticket to Ride.” The song and the picnic are a complete disconnect. And there’s not a picnic basket in sight when the quartet sits at a red and...
McEwan’s Failed Picnic in Enduring Love

McEwan’s Failed Picnic in Enduring Love

McEwan’s menu for Joe Rose and Clarissa Mellon’s picnic is black olives, mixed salad, mozzarella, focaccia, white wine, specifically Daumas Gassac; perhaps a favorite of the author. Film maker Roger Michell’s adaption Enduring Love (2004) substitutes champagne for the...
Frederico Fellini’s Uncle Theo climbs a tree

Frederico Fellini’s Uncle Theo climbs a tree

Federico Fellini’s scampagnata, picnic, in Amarcord (means nostalgic memories) promises to be an ordinary alfresco lunch turns topsy-turvy. Thinking that Uncle Theo deserves a day out from the psychiatric hospital where he resides, the family treats him to a picnic...
Welles’ Picnic in the Everglades

Welles’ Picnic in the Everglades

A unpleasant picnic that ends with a slap in the face. Despite the southern Florida heat, Charles Foster Kane and Susan Alexander are lounging by a crackling fireplace in Xanadu, their palatial estate: he in front of the fire; she at the other end of the room doing a...
Laurel & Hardy’s Not-so-Perfect Day Picnic

Laurel & Hardy’s Not-so-Perfect Day Picnic

Laurel and Hardy’s A Perfect Day is a picnic screw-up. The day begins with smiles but then nothing goes right, and they never get far from home. [Compare this with Charlie Chaplin’s slapstick A Day’s Pleasure posted elsewhere on PicnicWit.com.] Featured Image:  The...
Ian Flemings’ Chitty-Chitty-Bang-Bang (1964)

Ian Flemings’ Chitty-Chitty-Bang-Bang (1964)

On a Sunday in August, Commander Caractacus Pott makes an announcement to Mimsie, the mother, and Jemima and Jeremy, eight-year old twins: “Today is going to be a roaster,” he said,  “a scorcher. There’s only one thing to do, and that’s for us...
Maugham’s Picnic on a Stoop in The Razor’s Edge

Maugham’s Picnic on a Stoop in The Razor’s Edge

The lovers’ picnic in Maugham’s in The Razor’s Edge fails; the lovers don’t kiss or even hold hands. Isabel Bradley, a youthful and mercenary, wants social prominence and wealth, but Larry Darrell wants to “loaf,” in order to find himself. Isabel confronts this...
Hitchcock’s Roadside Picnic in To Catch a Thief

Hitchcock’s Roadside Picnic in To Catch a Thief

David Dodge and Alfred Hitchcock had differing views on the character of John Robie, aka The Cat, and hero of To Catch a Thief. Dodge’s character is the thirty-four years and plump; for his film, Hitchcock’s Robie is Cary Grant and his love interest...
Lampedusa’s Picnic on the way to Donnafugata in The Leopard

Lampedusa’s Picnic on the way to Donnafugata in The Leopard

It’s a three-day dusty journey filled with “a continual tension in everything” when Don Fabrizio Corbèra and family journey from Palermo to the hill town of Donnafugata. It’s unbearably hot and dusty. They stop at awful inns and eat putrid food. But on the third day,...