Taking the only logical approach, Soderbergh's documentary on Spalding is based entirely from his own monologues & interviews. The secret to how it succeeds is in it's editing, matching the clips together just right so it tells his life story & the spirit of the man himself. While it drops hints of his suicide, Soderbergh wisely omits this, instead celebrating his life as a final monologue of his career.
3 1/2 out of 5 stars. All I knew about Spalding Gray before watching this was a Family Guy reference ("You are the Spalding Gray of crap") but by the time it was over I was reduced to tears during the credits sequence. Not exactly a documentary but there's something to be said for hearing the story straight from the horse's mouth. Truly funny stuff.
A final monoloque from Spalding Gray painstackingly put together and edited by Steven Soderbergh and editor Susan Littenberg. In editing footage from different eras and pieces a coherent narrative is somehow made that sheds some light on the evolution of Gray's style. A straight biopic would be welcome as well but this is a fitting tribute to Gray's legacy.
Steven Soderbergh pays tribute to monologist Spalding Gray after his death using his own words through Gray's monologues and interviews. A semi follow-up to GRAY'S ANATOMY, AND EVERYTHING IS GOING FINE crafts a fresh, final monologue out of a life's work. Not as singularly passionate as GRAY'S ANATOMY perhaps, but nevertheless a sincere and fitting tribute to an extraordinary talent.
Interesting sampling from the monologues and interviews with the late Spalding Gray assembled by Steven Soderbergh, provides a compelling look at Gray's unique personal insights and philosophies, even if it does often feel like more of a retrospective than a real in-depth biographical film. Still, well worth watching for fans of Gray's work.