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Swimming after eating may be a dubious decision, but a film series about food in a pool? That’s another story.

On Monday (Feb. 8) at 6 p.m., Food at 24fps presents a screening of “Tampopo” at the Adams House Pool Theater. This little-known Japanese film from 1985 is widely loved by foodies and focuses on a single mother’s obsessive pursuit of the perfect ramen noodles. Tom Levenson, professor of writing and humanistic studies at MIT, will offer a brief informal introduction to the film.

The screening is part of a new semi-regular series about movies that feature food, organized by Harvard students, filmmakers, and food and film lovers from the Cambridge area.

The Adams House Pool Theater is an unusual venue for a film series — it was originally a swimming pool, built at the turn of the 20th century when that area of campus housed Harvard’s most affluent students. After an eclectic history throughout the 20th century, the space was converted to a theater in the mid-1990s. Seats fill what was the shallow end of the pool, and a state-of-the-art projector and screen make film screenings possible.

The screening is free and open to the public, but space is limited. To learn more and to check out the schedule of upcoming films, go to

— Amy Lavoie