Striking a balance of joy and pain in ‘Roadrunner: A Film About Anthony Bourdain’

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“The show was both exciting, but it disrupted the regimen that kept him in line,” says Morgan Neville of Anthony Bourdain. Photo courtesy of Focus Features.

The sheer sensory and intellectual joy of travel was embodied in Anthony Bourdain, so the confusion, grief, and sheer disbelief of the early morning headlines of June 8, 2018 shook the world to its core. Anthony Bourdain was gone, and it was hard to take that a man who gave such meaning, pleasure and belonging to so many —  felt so alone. Now three years later, Oscar-winning director Morgan Neville pays tribute in his film, “Roadrunner: A Film About Anthony Bourdain.” 

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“I didn’t want the whole film to feel like a eulogy,” says award-winning filmmaker Morgan Neville. His new documentary is “Roadrunner: A Film About Anthony Bourdain.” Photo courtesy of Focus Features.

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