Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work

Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work

Director: Ricki Stern, Annie Sundberg Cast: Joan Rivers, Jocelyn Pickett
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Overview

Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work

Joan Rivers launched her career as a standup comic in the early '60s, a time when female comedians were few and far between, and after several years of working nightclubs to unresponsive audiences, she was booked on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson in 1965 and soon became one of the most successful comedy acts in the nation. Since then, Rivers has hosted several TV talk shows, written best-selling books, directed a feature film, launched a line of jewelry, and kept up a busy schedule of personal appearances, determined to hold on to her stardom regardless of the fickle winds of show business. Filmmakers Ricki Stern and Annie Sundberg followed Rivers through a typically eventful year in her life, and in Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work, they offer a look at the woman behind the laughter as she struggles to stay in the spotlight, works on new material, launches a one-woman show in the United Kingdom that doesn't fare as well as she hopes, takes a chance as a participant on a reality TV show, and ponders her career in show business at the age of 75. Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work received its world premiere at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival.

Product Details

Release Date: 12/14/2010
UPC: 0030306956091
Original Release: 2010
Source: Ifc Independent Film
Region Code: 1
Presentation: [Wide Screen]
Sound: [Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
Time: 1:25:00
Sales rank: 54,404

Special Features

Trailer; Deleted scenes; Commentary; Tv spots; Sundance q&a

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Joan Rivers Participant
Jocelyn Pickett Participant
Billy Sammeth Participant
Kathy Griffin Participant
Joy Browne Participant
Melissa Rivers Participant
Kate Forrester Participant
Joe Castagna Participant
Jon Stewart Participant
Richard Belzer Participant
Denis Leary Participant
Garry Shandling Participant
Lily Tomlin Participant
Bill Maher Participant
Brad Garrett Participant
Greg Giraldo Participant
Jeffrey Ross Participant
Don Rickles Participant
David Muir Participant

Technical Credits
Ricki Stern Director,Executive Producer,Screenwriter
Annie Sundberg Director,Producer
Yorgo Alexopoulos Animator
Brad Bergbom Sound Editor
Paul Brill Score Composer,Songwriter
Tom Efinger Sound Mixer
Penelope Falk Editor
Seth Keal Producer
Charles Miller Cinematographer
Amber Rubarth Songwriter

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work
1. Open [3:13]
2. "That's Fear" [6:21]
3. A Writer, An Actress, An Industry [6:02]
4. 30 Years of Jokes [4:48]
5. Looks Don't Count [6:02]
6. You're Going to Be a Star [6:44]
7. It Can Turn On a Dime [8:31]
8. Retirement is Not An Option [5:36]
9. Insecurities [5:29]
10. Favorite Time of Year [4:54]
11. Celebrating George Carlin [4:28]
12. A Thing Called Money [9:06]
13. Comedy Central Roast [5:42]
14. The Golden Girl [5:56]
15. End Credits [1:53]

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Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
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I was never a big fan of Joan Rivers - thinking she was nothing but insulting, crass and a bully. Well, this documentary is absolutely brilliant. What you see is a devoted wife, loving mother, caring grandmother and a extraordinarily hard working woman. I never expected to see Ms. Rivers so sensitive. The DVD is witty, sad at times and so very true to life - the ups and downs of being a woman in show business. One would expect the industry to be a highly glamorous and rewarding world. Not the case, the movie shows with such candidness. Being that she has allegedly been snubbed by the nominating committee for an Oscar "says it all" about how unfair ladies are treated in a field of higher paying men. This makes the film all the more believable, entertaining and painfully honest. Cheers to you, Ms. Rivers. You made it - - finally! Watch the flick and you will understand and I think relate, no matter your gender.