CITY OF GOLD REVIEWED
“City of Gold” follows Jonathan Gold trying to connect the audience to food. While you can’t grasp culture by eating cuisine, it gives you enough of an understanding. Gold follows the process of broadening consciousness to change context. The film dials back the food porn to follow the plain Gold, as he travels around between eateries and stores. The documentary tries to take a not-so refined take on the art of criticism. Honestly, the approach is needed.
Gold takes us through the last thirty years of his professional life in a way that relates to his writing. As an embedded urban writer, Gold is never about the source material. He waits eagerly to cover the next cultural happening and finds ways to connect it to a grander understanding. The average urbanite will never travel to Burma or have a 1,000 dollar bottle of wine. But, they can experience it through outright documentation.
Director Laura Gabbert shares in this knowledge, as she knows to dial it back. Not everybody needs to be Michael Moore or Steve James. Polish is left for people who want to show off. Jonathan Gold is on the street, trying to find connections. Nothing is guaranteed in food or film. But, you can find some quality stuff if you look hard enough.
- 1.78:1 standard definition transfer
- Dolby 5.1
RELEASE DATE: 9/27/16
- Video - 86%86%
- Audio - 84%84%
- Supplemental Material - 80%80%
- Film Score - 93%93%
The Plot Thus Far
In this richly penetrating documentary odyssey, Pulitzer Prize-winning food critic Jonathan Gold pulls back the curtain on the perceived superficiality of Los Angeles to show us a genuine and vibrant world where ethnic cooking is a kaleidoscopic doorway to the mysteries of an unwieldy city and the soul of America.
Combing through colorful neighborhoods in his green pickup truck, Gold sniffs out his next strip-mall discovery whether Oaxacan grasshopper soup, hand-cut tonkotsu ramen, or a particularly unctuous pad see ew. As piping-hot platters are served up, so are stories of immigrants whose secret family recipes are like sacred offerings pledged for the opportunity to build their American Dream. With eternal curiosity, razor-sharp intellect, and existential longing, Gold is a culinary geographer casting his light upon a vibrant and growing cultural movement where food is the gateway for experiencing how we live.