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Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work

Rated R 84 min. 2010



This clever documentary is a brisk, nonstop funny look at a year in the life of Joan Rivers. Throughout the film, Rivers bemoans her flimsy performance calendar, turns 75, works some stand-up gigs, shoots down a heckler, and wins Celebrity Apprentice. By way of recommendation, I should say that I had little interest in the film before seeing it. I was afraid it would be a fawning, bland collection of talking heads testifying to how great Rivers is, or used to be. In fact, it is largely a verité-style portrait of Rivers with plenty of momentum, due in large part to the way its quick-witted, light-on-her feet subject keeps the action and the camera moving.

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Official Site: www.ifcfilms.com/films/joan-rivers-a-piece-of-work

Director: Ricki Stern

Cast: Joan Rivers, Melissa Rivers, Don Rickles and Kathy Griffin

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