One of the great raconteurs of stage and screen, Spalding Gray, came together with one of cinema’s boldest image-makers, Oscar-winning director Steven Soderbergh, for Gray’s Anatomy, a spellbinding adaptation of Gray’s 1993 monologue of the same name (cowritten with Renée Shafransky). In it, Gray, with typical sardonic relish, chronicles his arduous journey through the diagnosis and treatment of a rare and alarming ocular condition. For the monologist, this experience occasioned a meditation on illness and mortality, medicine and metaphysics; for the filmmaker, it was a chance to experiment with ways of bringing his subject’s words to brilliant, eye-opening life. –The Criterion Collection
At the age of 26, Steven Soderbergh permanently altered the face of independent cinema when he became the youngest-ever winner of the Palme d’Or at the 1989 Cannes Film Festival for sex, lies and videotape, his feature-film directorial debut. A simmering exploration of the nature of modern relationships and the links between sexuality and voyeurism, the film was an international sensation that established its director as one of the golden boys of world cinema. Born in Georgia on January 14, 1963, Soderbergh grew up in Baton Rouge, LA, where his father was the Dean of Louisiana State University’s College of Education. While still in high school, Soderbergh enrolled in the university’s film animation class and began making short 16 mm films with second-hand equipment. After he graduated from high school, he went to Hollywood, where he worked as a freelance editor. Soderbergh’s time in Hollywood was brief, and he soon returned home, where he continued making short films and writing scripts… read more
This was my first experience with Spalding Gray and I enjoyed it. The main reason I watched it was because Soderbergh directed it. The interesting visual style gave more impact to Gray's monologue/performance style.
I just picked this up! I've seen it probably 3 times before via Youtube, but I'm so excited to stick it into my HD tv and see it light up! Gray is one of my person heroes, and this film is the best combination of his monologue technique and Soderbergh's inventive visuals. 10/10 I fuckin' love it!
Stephen Soderbergh directed this adaptation of Spalding Gray's monologue about his own eye condition and subsequent quest for a cure into a facsinating one man show that takes us inside Gray's peculiar and neurotic work. Soderbergh manages to turn a monolgue into a riveting hour and a half of cinema, and leaves us hanging on Gray's every word. An impressive feat indeed.
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