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And Everything is Going Fine (The Criterion Collection) [Blu-ray]

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After the death in 2004 of American theater actor and monologist Spalding Gray, director Steven Soderbergh (Traffic) pieced together a narrative of Gray’s life to create the documentary And Everything is Going Fine. Brilliantly and sensitively assembled entirely from footage of Gray, taken from interviews and one-man shows from throughout his career, it is a rich, full portrait—an autobiography of sorts—of a figure who was never less than candid but retained an air of mystery. In essence, this hilarious, moving, and revealing film has become Gray’s final monologue.

Special Features

  • New high-definition digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack
  • Making of "And Everything Is Going Fine"
  • Sex and Death to the Age 14, Spalding Gray's first monologue
  • Trailer
  • English subtitles for the deaf and hearing impaired
  • PLUS: A booklet featuring an essay by writer Nell Casey

  • Product Details

    • Actors: Spalding Gray
    • Directors: Steven Soderbergh
    • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
    • Language: English
    • Subtitles: English
    • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
    • Number of discs: 1
    • Rated:
      NR
      Not Rated
    • Studio: Criterion Collection
    • DVD Release Date: June 19, 2012
    • Run Time: 89 minutes
    • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
    • ASIN: B007N5YJQ6
    • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #121,126 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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    By carol irvin TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on December 4, 2012
    Format: DVD
    When artists die, you hope someone curates a brilliant retrospective of his work. Steven Soderberg has taken on that role for making the film version of Spalding Gray's life. Although there are intimations about his suicide, Soderberg never tells you at the end of the movie that Gray killed himself at age 62 by jumping off the Staten Island Ferry in the winter. There were other suicides in his family, most notably his mother's, a subject Gray handled in his film MONSTER IN THE BOX. He had threatened to commit suicide before he did it. The primary motivating force for the suicide was that he had been in a car collision while visiting Ireland which had turned him into a cripple and left him with a lot of pain. He could walk with leg braces but it was probably never going to improve beyond that. Although many people could handle this, Gray had always been melancholic and this life circumstance pushed him over the edge.

    But he left a wonderful legacy of films based on his performances onstage of monologues, which everyone should see. They are wonderfully comic and incredibly true to the foibles of living a full life. You see many of these performances in this film plus get him in other footage and interviews which were never present in the films.

    Another thing that is covered here is his personal life in great detail. It was very messy and I am inclined to believe that led as much into his suicide as his physical injury. His long time partner, Renee, also his producer, split with him because he had an affair with another woman and that other woman became pregnant. He wanted the other woman to have an abortion but she wouldn't and shortly thereafter Gray found himself with a family. In the film you see him living family life and he does not look cut out for it at all.
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    He is one of the greatest raconteurs in American history.

    The late Spalding Gray. The WASP from Rhode Island, the actor who had parts in the films "The Killing Fields", "Beaches", "Kate & Leopold" and TV series such as "The Nanny" and "Saturday Night Live", was known for his acting and written work in autobiographical monologue.

    From his experience filming in Southeast Asia, he wrote "Swimming to Cambodia" in 1985 which received its film adaptation in 1987. The monologue would earn Gray a Guggenheim Fellowship and the National Book Award in 1985.

    Spalding Gray would continue to gain prominence from his monologue work and his first and only novel "Impossible Vacation", Gray was seen as the ultimate storyteller, possibly one of America's greatest raconteurs. A man with an amazing gift of writing and performing with humor and openness. But also a man who battled with hereditary depression.

    His mother committed suicide, his father dying before the birth of his first son, the birth of a son that he didn't want and wanted aborted, but found out how much he would love his child. A man who enjoyed talking about life but not living it, Spalding Gray was a complex individual.

    Remembered best for his monologue work, back in 1993, Spalding would work with young filmmaker at the time, Steven Soderbergh ( "Sex, Lies and Videotape", "Kafka", "King of the Hill" and "Underneath") in the film "King of the Hill".

    Soderbergh who enjoyed Spalding's novel "Impossible Vacation" would later collaborate with Spalding Gray in bringing his 1993 monologue "Gray's Anatomy" to the big screen, and so together along with co-writer Renee Shafransky, the film adaptation of "Gray's Anatomy" was released in theaters in 1997.
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    Spalding Gray is a unique spirit who came alive during his "monologs" on stage and in public, and revealed his inner thought-world to us with sometimes brutal honesty. It is so appropriate and right that Steven Soderbergh made the editorial choice to allow Spalding to tell his own story, for it is all there in the filmed record of performances and interviews. Such a wonderful tribute from a man who shares so much with us, and such a powerful reminder of the void all who appreciate him feel with his absence. Long live Spalding Gray!
    Criterion (as always! I love that company!) present us with a superb Blu-Ray, with a thorough range of supplementals, including an entire monolog previously unavailable, "Sex and Death to the Age 14". Highly recommended.
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    By J Collins on December 13, 2012
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    It is good to see the culmination of Spalding Gray's life's work. It is all about Spalding and that is wonderful. The only criticism I have is if a few more people could have spoken about him that would've completed The film for me.
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    Format: Blu-ray
    This is a great doucumentary about the late great Spalding Gray, who sadly committed suicide in 2004.
    Directed by Steven Soderbourgh, this 89 min doc is comprised totally of vintage Gray clips, he talks about many subjects, including his mother's own suicide.
    The 1.33 fullscreen image is has varying PQ quailties, some good, some not as good, which is of course is due to the source material.
    It was quite sad to see the later clips from after his tragic car accident.
    I wont say too much more, this is a must see for fans of the late Spalding Gray.
    Also included is a brief making of doc. comprised of interviews of the filmakers.
    But the best extra is a 1982 videotaped performance of Gray's first monologue titled "Sex and Death to the Age of 14", a treat for fans!
    This great package from Criterion also includes a detailed booklet with an essay and photos.
    Criterion also released "Gray's Anatomy (The Criterion Collection) [Blu-ray]" as part of The Criterion Collection
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