Don’t think I’ve quite seen a documentary like this before. Entirely made up of archival footage and other people’s interviews. May not sound all that unique, but it feels that way. May have something to do with the fascinating subject of Spalding Gray.
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.