Film Series: Runs & Limited Engagements

Jeremiah Tower: The Last Magnificent

2016, Lydia Tenaglia, Mexico/USA, 102 min.

Show Times

  • Fri, Jun 30th 8:15pm
  • Sun, Jul 2nd 5:45pm
  • Mon, Jul 3rd 3:00pm
  • Tue, Jul 4th 5:00pm
  • Wed, Jul 5th 8:00pm

“A compelling portrait of the chef as tortured artist.” — Frank Scheck, Hollywood Reporter

“Comparable to watching a veteran robber pull off one last heist, and the ending cuts like a knife.” — Michelle Da Silva, Now

He rose to fame as the handsome, urbane pioneering chef of the New American Cuisine in the Seventies, and the culinary partner of Alice Waters at San Francisco’s groundbreaking farm-to-table Chez Panisse. A self-made legend, he struck out on his own with the acclaimed restaurant Stars. Then, at the height of his celebrity, chef Jeremiah Tower simply disappeared to live as a recluse for more than two decades. He reemerged in 2014, tackling the ill-fated challenge, many called it folly, of reviving Manhattan’s Tavern on the Green. Director Tenaglia’s documentary traces Tower’s tumultuous career as a perfectionist, with a surprisingly intimate look at his personal life, from neglected childhood to pan-sexual kitchen adventures and contentious professional relationships. Interviews include Anthony Bourdain, Martha Stewart, and Mario Batali. DCP digital. (BS)

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