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106 Ratings

City of Gold

Directed by Laura Gabbert
United States, 2014
Documentary, Biography


City of Gold chronicles Pulitzer Prize-winning restaurant critic Jonathan Gold’s deep and complex relationship with the food and culture of his city, Los Angeles. Gold has long been known for his robust writing about hidden culinary treasures, casting his light upon a vibrant cultural movement.

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City of Gold Directed by Laura Gabbert
The film convincingly argues that Gold is as close as anyone to finding meaning in all of this cultural upheaval. At the heart of this thesis is the radical claim that food holds the key to understanding the new and unprecedented socioeconomic shifts currently redefining both L.A.’s image and its way of life.
March 07, 2016
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For some, City of Gold might just seem like an interesting and intimate distraction, but for others, it will appear as a powerful love letter to the art of discovery.
August 25, 2015
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[The film’s] emphasis on exploration misses the point. It isn’t Gold’s omnivorous sensibility that makes him a valuable critic; nor is it his taste, which by most accounts is unimpeachable. Gold is important because Gold is a great writer. No further argument necessary. It’s hardly surprising, then, that the most compelling thing in City of Gold is its subject’s own words, read aloud by Gold and others in voice-over.
April 01, 2016
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