City of Gold

City of Gold

City of Gold

Documentary following legendary Los Angeles Times food critic Jonathan Gold. The Pulitzer Prize-winner takes director Laura Gabbert on his daily edible odysseys through the city as he seeks out authentic cuisine in all corners of the sprawling metropolis. There’s nothing elitist about Gold’s obsession, taking in everything from chic Beverly Hills eateries to taco trucks and suburban strip mall joints, and no doubt whetting audience appetites in the process.

“Bombing through colorful neighborhoods in his green pickup truck, Gold is sniffing 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 taking us where no critic has gone before. Like the film, Gold makes low culture high and high culture relevant, teasing out the meaning of life from a Korean taco, and pondering all that makes us different and all that makes us exactly the same.” (Sundance Film Festival)

2015Rating: M, Offensive language92 minsUSA
DocumentaryFestival & Independent
Director:
Laura Gabbert ('No Impact Man: The Documentary', 'Sunset Story')
Writer:
Laura Gabbert
Cast:
Jonathan GoldAllen Salkin

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Reviews & comments

Variety

Variety

press

At a moment when public discourse seems so often focused on exacerbating hostile divisions, this docu’s joyful embrace of human (as well as edible) variety as “the spice of life” seems particularly, well, filling.

Urban Cinefile

Urban Cinefile

press

This tribute to Gold is also a tribute to Los Angeles and its exceptional richness as an ethnically complex city...

Time Out

Time Out

press

What it lacks in cohesion, City of Gold makes up for in its subject’s wit and wisdom.

4.0
The Washington Post

The Washington Post

press

The film is most interesting when it uses Gold to tell the story of Los Angeles’s diversity, rather than the story of the most important stomach in Los Angeles.

The New York Times

The New York Times

press

Transcends its modest methods, largely because it connects Mr. Gold's appealing personality with a passionate argument about the civic culture of Los Angeles and the place of food within it.

Rolling Stone

Rolling Stone

press

A celebration of a critic who helped define a city by what it eats. And at a bargain price. So take notes, and dig in.

Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

[An] accessible and informative close-up documentary.

Variety

Variety

press

At a moment when public discourse seems so often focused on exacerbating hostile divisions, this docu’s joyful embrace of human (as well as edible) variety as “the spice of life” seems particularly, well, filling.

Urban Cinefile

Urban Cinefile

press

This tribute to Gold is also a tribute to Los Angeles and its exceptional richness as an ethnically complex city...

Time Out

Time Out

press

What it lacks in cohesion, City of Gold makes up for in its subject’s wit and wisdom.

4.0
The Washington Post

The Washington Post

press

The film is most interesting when it uses Gold to tell the story of Los Angeles’s diversity, rather than the story of the most important stomach in Los Angeles.

The New York Times

The New York Times

press

Transcends its modest methods, largely because it connects Mr. Gold's appealing personality with a passionate argument about the civic culture of Los Angeles and the place of food within it.

Rolling Stone

Rolling Stone

press

A celebration of a critic who helped define a city by what it eats. And at a bargain price. So take notes, and dig in.

Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

[An] accessible and informative close-up documentary.

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