And Everything Is Going Fine (Criterion Collection)
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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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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.
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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This film is not a conventional monologue, scripted by Gray from start to finish as his other ones were. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Larry Benjamin
This is a retrospective of Spalding Gray's life, told mostly by himself, and mostly during his monologues. Read morePublished 1 month ago by G. Kukis
Always entertaining, always challenging. Good to see him honored in his own words. Hats off to Soderbergh.Published 2 months ago by SAbdelhaq
Flashback clips of Spalding Grey's career.
Interesting but not what I was hoping for.
Don't get me wrong. If I want New York humor I'll watch Woody Allen's films and read his books, even though he insulted all of us on the Left Coast in Annie Hall. Read morePublished on April 16, 2013 by Zarathustra
So glad to have one last story from a great story teller. It was good to see hime through the years, will miss him.Published on December 21, 2012 by Theresa Ann Donahue