Gray's Anatomy

Gray's Anatomy

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Director: Steven Soderbergh

Cast: Spalding Gray

     
 

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Writer/actor Spalding Gray is best known for his lengthy and insightful and sharply humorous onstage monologues, two of which, Swimming to Cambodia and Monster in a Box, have been filmed and released theatrically. Gray's Anatomy is also a filmed performance of a monologue he performed in 1993. Whereas the other two films had a focus on satire andSee more details below

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Writer/actor Spalding Gray is best known for his lengthy and insightful and sharply humorous onstage monologues, two of which, Swimming to Cambodia and Monster in a Box, have been filmed and released theatrically. Gray's Anatomy is also a filmed performance of a monologue he performed in 1993. Whereas the other two films had a focus on satire and humor, this one is a little more serious. Unlike the other two movies, it is less stagey and contains some interesting visuals and even a couple of interviews. The subject is Gray's bout with an eye ailment that caused him to go upon a world-wide journey in order to find a treatment alternative to the surgery he so feared and objected to on religious grounds.

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It may not seem like Spalding Gray would require a critically acclaimed director to film a spoken-word monologue, but Steven Soderbergh succeeds in making a visually interesting movie out of Gray's 80-minute account of his degenerative eye disorder. Gray's Anatomy begins promisingly with a series of documentary-style interviews with real-life survivors of eye trauma, then transitions into an engrossing tale of the humor and anguish involved in Gray's attempts to treat his macular pucker, which will eventually lead to blindness. With his New Yawker mannerisms and gesticulations, Gray already makes for attention-grabbing subject matter, but Soderbergh adds atmosphere to the piece with background colors and other visual representations of the film's themes. The tale is absurdly funny, populated by oddball characters trying to appeal to the notorious doctor-phobe, who was born a Christian Scientist. While Gray's shtick is inherently amusing, almost like stand-up comedy, he affectingly takes the viewer to far more serious places in his personal life, and finishes on an unresolved note that's sure to provoke thought. The film manages to be both entertaining and informative, and it should fulfill even those viewers not naturally drawn to Gray's neurotic ranting.

Product Details

Release Date:
06/19/2012
UPC:
0715515096218
Original Release:
1996
Source:
Criterion
Region Code:
1
Time:
1:19:00
Sales rank:
8,696

Special Features

New interviews with Soderbergh and monologue cowriter Renée Shafransky; Swimming to the Macula, sixteen minutes of footage from Spalding Gray's actual eye surgery; Trailer; A personal history of the American Theater, a ninety five-minute momolgue by Gray, originally produced by the Wooster Group in 1980 and videotaped in 1982; Plus: A booklet featuring an essay by film critic Amy Taubin

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Gray's Anatomy
1. Eye Testimony [9:43]
2. An Ocular Odyssey [2:14]
3. Dilated and Waiting [5:04]
4. Speculating on the Eye and I [1:58]
5. Man of Science Vs. Man of Faith [7:43]
6. Neurotic Drifting [5:27]
7. Azria Thornbird [4:13]
8. Sweat Lodge [4:01]
9. "I Have Spoken" [5:01]
10. Radical Dietician [8:49]
11. Raw Vegetable Diet [5:40]
12. A Referral in the Waiting Room [3:39]
13. Psychic Surgeon [6:43]
14. The Operation [5:13]
15. "In Focus, Out of Focus" [3:54]
16. Color Bars [:00]
Disc #2 -- Gray's Anatomy
1. "The Knack" [3:50]
2. "Three Penny Opera" [4:03]
3. "He WHo Gets Slapped" [2:07]
4. "Under Milkwood" [:51]
5. "The Enchanted" [:08]
6. "The Curious Savage" [3:11]
7. "A Clearing in the Woods" [:07]
8. "Period Adjustment" [1:06]
9. "Under Milkwood" [:23]
10. "Krapp's Last Tape" [:18]
11. "Antigone" [1:23]
12. "The Sea Gull" [1:58]
13. "Commune" [14:20]
14. "The Cocktail Party" [1:12]
15. "The Reluctant Debutant" [:08]
16. "The World of Shalom Alechim" [4:01]
17. "The Tower of Babel" [4:42]
18. "We Bombed in the New Haven" [2:23]
19. "Wind in the Willows" [:08]
20. "Tom Paine" [4:13]
21. "Caucasian Chalk Circle" [:48]
22. "The Physicists" [2:12]
23. "Thomas With Two Souls" [:09]
24. "The Diary of Anne Frank" [:09]
25. "I am a Camera" [:08]
26. "Under Milkwood" [:57]
27. "Macbeth" [2:57]
28. "Under the Yum Yum Tree" [1:03]
29. "Orpheus Descending" [7:14]
30. "The Misanthrope" [1:50]
31. "The Master Builder" [:28]
32. "The Man Who Came to Dinner" [:47]
33. "Endicott and the Red Cross" [2:04]
34. "Much Ado About Nothing" [2:46]
35. "Long Day's Journey into Night" [:41]
36. "Babes in Arms" [:15]
37. "Write Me a Murder" [1:26]
38. "Tis Pity She's a Whore" [1:25]
39. "Write Me a Murder" [:08]
40. "Tis Pity She's a Whore" [:45]
41. "A Practical Ritual..." [:15]
42. "Roots" [:05]
43. "Heartbreak House" [:25]
44. "Venus Observed" [1:06]
45. "Coriolanus" [:34]
46. "The Quare Fellow" [5:46]
47. "The Sea Gull" [1:10]
48. Photographs [8:45]

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