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Swimming to Cambodia (1987)

R | | Comedy, Drama | April 1987 (USA)
Spalding Gray discusses his participation in the film The Killing Fields (1984) and the background story about the troubles of Cambodia.

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Spalding Gray sits behind a desk throughout the entire film and recounts his exploits and chance encounters while playing a minor role in the film 'The Killing Fields'. At the same time, he gives a background to the events occurring in Cambodia at the time the film was set. Written by Peter Goldsack <peteg@hpsqf.sqf.hp.com>

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Spalding Gray: And Ivan, Devil In My Ear, Ivan Strasburg, head of the second camera unit, a bit of a Mephistopheles figure, gray beard, handsome man, South African comes up to me and says,
Spalding Gray: [as Ivan] Spalding, man. Hey, there's a party tonight up on the Gulf of Siam. One of the workers mother's got a summerhouse up there... Hey, can I borrow your toenail clippers, man?
Spalding Gray: Sure. Come on over.
Spalding Gray: [as Ivan] And do you wanna smoke a Thai Stick, hey? Should I bring some marijuana, man, hay?
Spalding Gray: Sure. Why not? I mean, it was a ...
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The best monologue ever captured on film
5 June 2001 | by (Austin, TX) – See all my reviews

Spalding Gray calls his version of performance art a "talking cure." The facts, opinions, insights, fears and hopes drawn from the epiphany he received from his experiences in the Asian Rim shooting "The Killing Fields" and his education of the plight of the Cambodian people circa early to mid seventies is overwhelming. This is a story of the human condition as told by a master. He is Dr. Frankenstein creating the monster that is ourselves through a tapestry of wordplay that never seems overwrought or cumbersome in the slightest. This movie is one man reading from a standard notebook, behind a plain table accented with a glass of water and shadowed by a ceiling fan and selection of maps. Demme's use of lighting and Laurie Anderson's soundtrack provide all the dramatic power needed to sustain Gray as he literally helps us all better understand life, humanity and our responsibilities to each other while we spend time on this planet. Intense, funny, heartbreaking and invigorating; this movie inspires and changes all who watch it.


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