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Baltimore Classic Film "Diner" Leaves Lasting Mark

1 Written by: | Tuesday, Feb 14, 2012 2:00pm

Vanity Fair’s March issue features a story about Baltimore’s classic 1982 film, “Diner” and its impact on pop culture.

Entitled, “Much Ado About Nothing,” writer S.L. Price asserts that the Barry Levinson movie introduced the concept of talking about, well, nothing, a style popularized on Seinfeld eight years later and also seen in Pulp Fiction, The Office and in anything by Judd Apatow.

“In Diner…Levinson took the stuff that usually fills time between the car chase, the fiery kiss, the dramatic reveal—the seemingly meaningless banter (“Who do you make out to, Sinatra or Mathis?”) tossed about by men over drinks, behind the wheel, in front of a cooling plate of French fries—and made it central,” writes Price.

The film depicts a gang of 20-something pals in 1959 Baltimore as they struggle with adulthood. 

Read the whole story at VanityFair.com

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  • Mickey Cork

    So – my three favorite Starbucks in Manhattan – at Bond and Broadway, at 17th and Union Square, at 39th and 8th – always remind me of Diner. Why is that? At first blush it seems these types of hangouts are quite different. Of course, they are. I’ll confess that when I’m in one of these places I’m not, like the ensemble six of Diner, debating the relative merits of Mathis vs. Sinatra or engaging in braggadocio about how I can get a girl to grab my pecker on our first date – but I certainly see groups of young men who are the 2014 versions of these guys.



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