Sunday, November 12, 2017
"Jeremiah Tower: The Last Magnificent": biography of the creator of "California cuisine"
“Jeremiah Tower: The Last Magnificent” (103 min), directed by Lydia Tenaglia, narrated by Anthony Bourdain, aired on Sunday, November 12, 2017 under CNN Films. It had appeared at Tribeca in 2017 and was originally distributed by The Orchard.
Near the end, Jeremiah, around 75, says “I don’t trust human beings, but human beings do wondrous things.” All artists are lonely.
The film is a biography of the inventor of California cuisine” (not exactly the O.C.) and originated the cult of the “celebrity chef”.
The early part of the film presents his private school upbringing in England and his closet life as a gay man, a contemporary of me.
Jeremiah was cut off at age 30 and had to get a job (so I guess he had privilege) but quickly proved himself in California OJT,
He opened numerous restaurants, in San Francisco (the Star) and Hong Kong.
He would live in the Philippines before moving to New York to manage the Tavern on the Green.
It can also be rented from YouTube movies for $3.99.