And Everything Is Going Fine

And Everything Is Going Fine

DVD - 2012 | Director-approved DVD special ed.
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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, and autobiography of sorts, of a figure who was never less than candid but retained an air of mystery.
Publisher: [Irvington, N.Y.] : Criterion Collection, [2012]
Edition: Director-approved DVD special ed.
ISBN: 9781604655988
1604655984
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (89 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in. + 1 booklet ([18] pages : illustrations (some color)).

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May 04, 2015

The added feature of the first monologue which jump-started his career (Death and Sex Till Age 14), is better than the main feature, which is an odd mix of other monologues and interviews all smushed together. All things considered, its somewhat banal, but still interesting, like an extended segment on the 'This American Life' radio program (NPR).

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Oct 05, 2014

Spaulding Gray was much loved by some friends, colleagues and family; they created this piece to honor him after his suicide. In several interviews, he says that he doesn't want to be remembered as a "navel gazer" or some such, but as a man who poetically reported on the world around him. They tried to give him what he wished. Someone who is more a fan of the monologues would be in a better position to say whether they succeeded.

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