Film #81: JOAN RIVERS: A PIECE OF WORK
Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work
3 out of 5 stars
A revealing look at a year in the life of the comedy icon. Directors Ricki Stern & Annie Sundberg (the extraordinary THE DEVIL CAME ON HORSEBACK) get an inside look at the triumphs and failures of Rivers’ career. No stone is left unturned in this frank examination of a 40+ year comedian. What’s most interesting though are the things left unsaid here - Rivers’ obviously conflicted relationship with her family, the REAL drive behind her obsessive need to work so much, etc. The pace of the film (much like the pace of her life) is hectic and gives little time to really stop and reflect on what is happening. Non-Rivers fans may not be all that interested, but those who have an appreciation for her and her particular style of comedy will enjoy this well-made documentary.