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Film / Who is Killing the Great Chefs of Europe?

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A 1978 Black Comedy mystery directed by Ted Kotcheff that deals with some of the greatest chefs being killed one by one in the same way their special dishes are prepared.

The movie stars George Segal, Jacqueline Bisset, Robert Morley, Jean-Pierre Cassel, Philippe Noiret, Jean Rochefort, Gigi Proietti, and Stefano Satta Flores. Henry Mancini composed the score.

It was released on October 5, 1978.

Tropes for the film:

  • Cooked to Death: Louis (whose speciality is pigeon baked in crust) is found dead in a 450-degree oven.
  • The Film of the Book: Based on Someone Is Killing the Great Chefs of Europe by Nan and Ivan Lyons.
  • Separated by a Common Language: Rob (an American) learns that Natasha's life is in danger and rushes to save her. He asks the guard in the lobby which floor she is on and the guard tells him she is on the second floor. He rushes to the second floor but cannot find her. When he returns to the lobby to question the guard again, the guard (an Englishman) reminds him that the English and the Americans number buildings stories differently. In England, the first floor is the one above the ground floor, while in America "first floor" and "ground floor" are synonymous.
  • Tagline: "The mystery-comedy that tastes as good as it looks".