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Unusual: All About Popcorn!
Caroline loves popcorn. Sometimes, she goes to the movies not to watch something new, but to eat awesome popcorn. She always requests extra butter, because popcorn without butter is an outrage! Have you ever wondered why we eat popcorn at the movies? How did the snack get so popular before the big screen? Find out in this unusual clip about popcorn! Are you as much of an addict as Caroline?
Réalisateur: Carine Ouellet
Production year: 2015
CAROLINE LEAL tient un bol de maïs soufflé. Durant ses propos, défilent des images de cinémas d'époque, et de maïs soufflé.
J'ai un aveu à vous faire.
Je suis accro au popcorn.
Non, mais "vraiment" accro.
Il m'arrive parfois... souvent
de chercher un film à regarder
au cinéma simplement pour manger
du bon popcorn. Et je demande
toujours pour du beurre
additionnel sur mon popcorn.
Parce que du popcorn, sans
beurre, c'est insultant.
Mais vous êtes-vous déjà
demandé pourquoi est-ce qu'on
mange du popcorn au cinéma?
Comment est-ce que cette
délicieuse grignotine est
devenue si populaire
devant le grand écran?
D'abord, il faut comprendre que
le maïs soufflé ne provient pas
du même épi de blé d'Inde que
l'on connait si bien chez nous.
Il existe une seule variété
capable de produire cette
délicieuse grignotine: le maïs
à éclater, une espèce qui donne
des grains beaucoup plus
petits que le maïs commun.
Selon quelques études
scientifiques, ce serait le
Mexique qui aurait découvert le
maïs à éclater, il y a 9000 ans.
Dès son arrivée en Amérique du
Nord, en 1890, le popcorn fait
fureur. On le consomme partout.
Surtout dans les rues, car c'est
facile à faire et peu coûteux.
Le seul endroit où l'on ne
trouve pas de popcorn, au
cinéma. Vous voyez, à l'époque,
les cinémas essayaient de
reproduire une expérience de
théâtre, voire une sortie
sophistiquée. Les cinémas
étaient dotés de rideaux
en velours et de tapis, et non
de lunettes 3D et de machines
à fromage nacho comme
les Cinéplex d'aujourd'hui.
Dans le temps, leurs machines à
fromage nacho auraient sûrement
été dotées d'un petit
rideau en velours aussi.
Puis, il faut dire qu'à l'époque
des films muets, personne
ne voulait entendre le son
désagréable des gens en train
de manger du popcorn.
Mais dès l'arrivée du son
au cinéma, en 1927, le public
évolue et les salles de cinéma
sont remplies. Et c'est
la Grande Dépression qui marque
l'arrivée du popcorn
dans les salles de cinéma.
Comme cette activité ne coûtait
pas trop cher, la sortie au
cinéma était le divertissement
de choix durant cette époque
fort maussade. Le popcorn, lui,
arrive dans les salles de façon
clandestine. On les cache
dans nos bourses et dans
nos manteaux. C'est au milieu
des années 1930 que
les propriétaires de cinéma
se rendent compte du potentiel
de profits à vendre le popcorn
eux-mêmes. à tel point,
qu'aujourd'hui, le prix
du popcorn se vend au même
prix qu'un billet d'entrée.
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