And Everything Is Going Fine

And Everything Is Going Fine

DVD - 20120
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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, c20120
Edition: Director-approved DVD special ed
ISBN: 9781604655988
Branch Call Number: DVD 792.2 G794
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (89 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.

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JCLOctavia Oct 02, 2017

It seems that the film missed something about Spalding Gray. It was too broken into mini pieces of Spaldings life when I wanted the whole of his life. He was the greatest one man show and all he did was talk about himself.

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Mooseum
Sep 03, 2017

Spalding Gray is not for everyone. I was lucky to see him perform his monologues several times in the early 1980s in San Francisco. He was a low-key kind of guy, and with a sometimes acerbic commentary on life. After fame and fortune, things changed, and the pressures of having to perform seem to have weighed heavily on him. When your method of making your living is personal, reflective story-telling, it can't be easy being yourself or knowing what that means.

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1aa
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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ncs1961
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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