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It takes just a few seconds of hearing his voice to be fully transported back into Anthony Bourdain’s world of international fascination and intrigues. Cue up an episode of one of his quartet of life-altering shows, from No Reservations to The Layover to Parts Unknown to his last TV role as host of Raw Craft, and wonder at his canny, sardonically witty, sometimes contentious, but always charming extrapolations on everything from global politics to tattoos to the music of Brian Jonestown Massacre to the epicurean joys of a plate of pig’s head pie at St. John in London – all delivered in that sonorous, slightly hoarse baritone…you can’t help but feel a deep sense of loss.
Indeed, the very thought of his suicide last summer still elicits a tear.
News then that there’s a documentary (a collaboration between CNN Films, HBO Max, and Focus Features) on the horizon about Mr. Bourdain is heartwarming, to say the least. And there’s little doubt that with the thousands of hours – Bourdain’s obsessive work ethic was well-documented and resulted in a prodigious output – of show and interview footage available, that the result will be uniquely compelling. The Bourdain estate is said to be providing generous access to family photos, home movies, letters, music, and other such personal items, that will hopefully give the viewer an even deeper insight into his work and life.
Oscar winner Morgan Neville of 20 Feet From Stardom and Keith Richards: Under the Influence notoriety has been tapped to direct; and although no release date has yet been announced, we’ll surely be marking our calendars when one is, and utterly relish the opportunity to dive back into Bourdain’s uncompromising nature and views on travel, food, and life. To quote the man himself, “It’s been an adventure. We took some casualties over the years. Things got broken. Things got lost. But I wouldn’t have missed it for the world.”
Neither would have we.