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America on a Plate: The Story of the Diner

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Stephen Smith explores the importance of diners in 20th-century American culture, arguing they are its last surviving link with the mentality of the frontier - a place where strangers are thrown together and anything can happen. He travels across the country to visit some of the most famous establishments and analyse their roles in works of art including Edward Hopper's painting Nighthawks and Michael Mann's film Heat.

Cast & Crew

Presenter Stephen Smith
Director Colette Camden
Executive Producer Jonty Claypole


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