[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