Sunday, August 01, 2010

Joan Rivers : A Piece of Work

I saw Joan Rivers perform live in a small summer concert venue, here in RI, back in the 80s. She was on the bill with Don Rickles. I was terrified to sit anywhere near the stage because of their acerbic styles, and notoriety for picking on members of the audience. Of course, Rivers targeted two members of the audience during her set, but when she was finished, she gave them both a gift. I was endeared. Since then, Rivers has had her ups and downs. Recently Ricki Stern and Anne Sundberg followed her for a year, for a documentary film. Joan Rivers : A Piece of Work is an honest portrayal of a life, a career and a philosophy that shows what is at the heart of Joan Rivers. Much of it told by herself. Her successes her failings, like the opening shot of a closeup of her face with no makeup, out there for the whole world to see. I loved it, thanks for a peek behind the curtain.

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