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Film Released: 2007
Genre: History Drama, Crime, Mystery, Thriller
Starring: Jake Gyllenhaal, Mark Ruffalo, Robert Downey Jr.,
Directed by: David Fincher
This film is based on the true story
of a serial murderer back in the 1960's and 1970's, who terrorized
the populace of the San Francisco Bay area with his seemingly random
killings. Making matters worse, the killer taunts the
authorities by not only leaving clues at the scenes of crime but also by
sending a series of ciphers and letters signed "Zodiac", to the
newspapers, one of which is the San Francisco Chronicle where Paul
Avery, played by Robert Downey Jr., is put onto the story as the
paper's crime beat journalist .
Robert Graysmith played by Jake
Gyllenhal is a socially inept cartoonist also based at The
Chronicle, who gradually becomes obsessed with the ciphers written
by Zodiac and latches on to Paul Avery and David Toschi, played by
Mark Ruffalo, the lead detective on the case.
Both become fixated with the serial killer over a period of 20 years,
following up and investigating the various clues.
The food aspect appears in a scene
near the beginning of the film, where Robert Graysmith is have a
somewhat awkward first date with Melanie, played by ChloŽ Sevigny,
where his general awkwardness with people isn't really helping
They meet in an Italian
restaurant and after a while Melanie orders the Penne Vodka -
"with the cream sauce". Unfortunately for Melanie, Robert
needs to dash off before it's been served, so she never got to taste it.
However, here's a recipe for those of you who want to have your penne
AND eat it.
It has to be said that there is some
doubt as to whether the recipe penne ala vodka had been invented by the
time, with the general opinion that it was invented in the mid 1970s,
but here is a case where poetic licence rules supreme.
Penne Alla Vodka HT
Vegetables Alcohol Main Course Eggless
tbsp Olive Oil
x 400g/14oz tin Chopped Tomatoes
Parmesan Cheese to serve
Bring a large pan of salted water to the boil.
Meanwhile, melt the butter and oil in a large frying pan over medium heat.
Add the onions and sautť until lightly browned.
Add the vodka and continue to cook for 5 minutes, stirring, until it is
reduced by half.
Stir in the chopped tomatoes and cream and simmer, uncovered, for 10 minutes, stirring from time to time.
Meanwhile, add the pasta to the boiling water and cook for 8-10 minutes.
To serve - drain the pasta well then return to the pan. Stir in sauce, and heat
through. Serve with Parmesan cheese.