Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

New on Dvd

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

New on Dvd

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MOVIES

"Gray's Anatomy" (NR; 1:19) and "And Everything Is Going Fine" (NR; 1:29) - The late Spalding Gray conjured art from basic props: a simple desk, a pitcher of water and his dry wit. Perhaps best known for his filmed monologue "Swimming to Cambodia," he had a parallel career as a character actor in movies such as "The Killing Fields" and "King of the Hill." The latter film was shot in St. Louis (where his brother Rockwell teaches English at Washington University) and introduced him to director Steven Soderbergh, with whom he would collaborate to document several stageplays.

"Gray's Anatomy" is an audaciously stylized, audience-free monologue about mortality, occasioned by his bout with an eye affliction and pursuit of unconventional therapies. The Blu-ray edition from the Criterion Collection also includes footage of his actual eye operation and the feature-length monologue "A Personal History of the American Theater," in which Gray ruminates on every play in which he ever performed. …

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