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Joan Rivers: A Piece Of Work

In Movie Reviews on April 22, 2010 at 1:21 pm

You only see Joan Rivers without makeup during Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work‘s opening credits. But that stripping away is sustained throughout, even if the documentary (playing at the Tribeca Film Festival), could use more unflattering close-ups and less near-beatification. –

Directors Ricki Stern and Anne Sundberg follow Joan for a year in her life, from standup gigs at shabby downtown clubs (and one in Wisconsin) to her reluctant appearance onCelebrity Apprentice, which she won, to a lukewarmly received play that she’d hoped would earn her credibility among critics who, as Rivers puts it, “always make sure comedienne is proceeded by something, like crass or Borscht Belt”, when they describe her. Read the rest of this entry »