WHO IS KILLING THE GREAT CHEFS OF EUROPE?—-delicious in a number of ways, this slyly wicked 1978 comedy; as a witty whodunit, as a lush travelogue, as a pleasant romantic go-round, as a tantalizer to the palate.
Not only are the wonderfully pompous cuisine-kings being polished off, they exit life via their own particular culinary specialties; baked, broiled, etc. Enter brash fast-food huckster George Segal, going for seconds with his ex-wife, Jacqueline Bisset, whose specialty, appropriately, is dessert.
Lording (and looming) over the entire biz is Robert Morley, verbally castigating and terrorizing everyone in sight, as the insufferable leviathan whose haute-cuisine magazine is the bane of every kitchen on the continent. It’s a wonderful comic turn.
A slew of great cameos, lots of enticing location scenery, a happy score, and all the fabulous food you could ever hope to indulge. Lots of fun. Directed by Ted Kotcheff. Written by Peter Stone, shot by John Alcott, Henry Mancini on score duty. Repast served for 112 minutes, with Jean-Pierre Cassel, Philippe Noiret, Jean Rochefort, Madge Ryan, Stefano Satta Flores, John LeMesurier, Kenneth Fortesque, Joss Ackland.