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King Georges

Directed by Erika Frankel
United States, 2015
Documentary, Biography


Documentary about Philadelphia restaurateur Georges Perrier and the closing of his iconic restaurant, Le Bec-Fin.

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King Georges Directed by Erika Frankel
A brisk, fat-free portrait of a culinary artist in changing times… The movie chronicles both the end of an era and the passing of a torch. The account of Perrier’s apprenticeship in Lyon, in the days before being a chef was “a gentleman’s profession” is brief but eye-opening. And the depiction of an evening’s preparation at Le Bec-Fin is equally revealing, showing that perhaps every great mean is the result of squelching dozens of potential disasters along the way to the plating.
February 26, 2016
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Perrier’s behavior is terrible at times, but he’s a lovable tyrant; his reaction to a woman who requests her steak tartare “medium rare” is priceless. Frankel has a fine eye for telling detail, and the result, while sentimental, is as irresistible as the dessert cart.
February 25, 2016
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Not much in the high-pressure kitchen choreography on display outdoes what you might see on TV food shows. Ms. Frankel makes a better meal of Mr. Perrier’s mutual respect with his understated protégé, Nicholas Elmi; the two men have a hot-and-cool rapport.. “King Georges” feels stretched into feature length, but its ending neatly portrays a man with a fierce personal code who seems to have accepted change.
February 25, 2016
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