From the first time he performed Swimming to Cambodia - the one-man account of his experience of making the 1984 film The Killing Fields - Spalding Gray made the art of the monologue his own. Drawing unstintingly on the most intimate aspects of his own life, his shows were vibrant, hilarious and moving. His death came tragically early, in 2004; this compilation of interview and performance footage nails his idiosyncratic and irreplaceable brilliance.Written by
Edinburgh International Film Festival
A look at the art of Spalding Gray who drew from real life experience to create a compelling and deeply personal series of monologues.
I freely admit I did not know Spalding Gray going in to this. I may have seen him in one or two things (such as "The Killing Fields"), but really had no idea who he was or why he was important (if, indeed, he was).
This was excellent, a documentary that works for fans and novices alike. From humorous anecdotes of his childhood to a tale of a homosexual encounter in Greece, we get to know Gray and all his foibles -- no apologies are offered and no sympathy is sought. Love him or hate him, this is the man in his whole.
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