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Jeremiah Tower: The Last Magnificent (2017)

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JEREMIAH TOWER: THE LAST MAGNIFICENT explores the remarkable life of Jeremiah Tower, one of the most controversial and influential figures in the history of American gastronomy. Tower began his career at the renowned Chez Panisse in Berkeley in 1972, becoming a pioneering figure in the emerging California cuisine movement. After leaving Chez Panisse, due in part to a famously contentious relationship with founder Alice Waters, Tower went on to launch his own legendary Stars Restaurant in San Francisco. Stars was an overnight sensation and soon became one of America's top-grossing U.S. restaurants. After several years, Tower mysteriously walked away from Stars and then disappeared from the scene for nearly two decades, only to resurface in the most unlikely of places: New York City's fabled but troubled Tavern on the Green. There, he launched a journey of self-discovery familiar to anyone who has ever imagined themselves to be an artist. Featuring interviews by Mario Batali, Anthony Bourdain, Ruth Reichl and Martha Stewart, this delicious documentary tells the story of the rise and fall of America's first celebrity chef, whose brash personality and culinary genius has made him a living legend.

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Styled pretentiously at times, the film presents Tower as the lone wolf he was at heart; shooting him as chef-as-martyr, roaming the Mexican desert and gazing toward the sun as his own narration plays, however, is a bit eyeroll-inducing.

April 21, 2017 | Full Review…
TheWrap
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Benefiting from its charismatic and emotionally complex central figure, Jeremiah Tower: The Last Magnificent proves compelling enough to appeal beyond its target foodie demographic.

April 20, 2017 | Full Review…
Hollywood Reporter
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Disorganized or not, the film finds high drama in the great man's vanishing act, in his return to prominence, and in his efforts to run a vast, notoriously difficult enterprise while being at loggerheads with his employers.

April 20, 2017 | Full Review…
Wall Street Journal
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Tenaglia is so committed to making an argument for Tower's place in the culinary firmament that she underserves the part of his life that could have made the documentary unique.

April 20, 2017 | Full Review…
NPR
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A documentary understandably in awe of its subject, a film that finally fascinates despite some initial bumps in the road.

April 20, 2017 | Full Review…
Los Angeles Times
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Even if you care very little for fancy food and the people who make it, The Last Magnificent works as a portrait of a man who leaves aromatic clouds of glamour wherever he goes.

April 20, 2017 | Full Review…
TIME Magazine
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