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An Udderly Ice Cold Look at What Milk Means in Movies

The most fascinating four minutes you've ever spent thinking about cow's nectar—I guarantee it.

by TCP Staff
Jan 8 2017, 1:10pm

Anton Chigurh enjoys milk from the bottle in the Coen Brothers' No Country for Old Men. Screencap by the author, via

Leon the Professional has a small one. Anton Chigurh has a tall one. Hans "The Jew Hunter" Landa has a fresh one—What is it? Why, a glass of milk!

In a new video essay from Now You See It, the film analysis YouTube Channel explores the impressions and implications of milk in cinema, and surprise, surprise, it's a lot more prevalent than you'd think. From Hitchcock to Westworld, characters throughout film history just can't seem to withstand the innocuous allure of that creamy cow's nourishment. So, what's it all mean? Does it represent the splash of humanity prevailing inside a seemingly diabolical character? Is it, like the Melange spice of Dune, the "elixir of all life," but for humans? Or is it simply a bad choice on more than one occasion? Wade through the white waters yourself in the video essay below, Milk in Movies: Why Do Characters Drink It?

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