Big Night

Big Night - Neal Stearns 11/8/06 Big Night: Success vs....

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Neal Stearns 11/8/06 Big Night: Success vs. Tradition Upon first viewing Stanley Tucci’s Big Night it may appear to have a simple plot, a conflict between brothers about how their failing restaurant should be run. However, amid deeper inspection it becomes clear that the conflict is bigger than the restaurant itself, it is about the struggle of Italian immigrants who have to choose between their old country’s traditional values and the adoption of the standards of their new country. In Big Night two brothers, Primo and Secondo, argue about whether their failing restaurant, The Paradise,should continue serving traditional Italian fare or switch to a more Americanized spaghetti and meatballs type of menu like their successful neighbor, Pascal’s. The more business minded Secondo is willing to compromise on traditional food in order to save his restaurant, but his older brother Primo, who is the chef, refuses to concede. Primo would rather go out of business than serve inferior food in his restaurant. The two brothers are constantly reminded of the success that a compromise could
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This note was uploaded on 04/17/2008 for the course ILCS 158 taught by Professor Gloriapastorino during the Fall '07 term at UConn.

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Big Night - Neal Stearns 11/8/06 Big Night: Success vs....

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