• Gray’s Anatomy (1996) - Steven Soderbergh

    … “Documents Gray as he unfolds a story that begins with a startling realization. Closing his right eye, he sees that his left eye can hardly distinguish shapes from the world around him; he’s effectively blind … he discovers what he has is a macular pucker … From there, his quest to find a cure ranges from attending a Native American healing ceremony … to the Philippines … The thrill of GRAY’S ANATOMY comes in the method of storytelling … What may seem to some as a grand statement is, in reality, a highly engaging tale … This could have been staged as a fairly straightforward theatrical monologue, more in line with previous film adaptations of Gray’s monologues (namely the 1987 Jonathan Demme-helmed SWIMMING TO CAMBODIA), but Soderbergh goes through great lengths to bring out the energy in Gray’s performance … Given Soderbergh’s skill behind the camera, it makes sense that GRAY’S ANATOMY, despite his intentions, ends up becoming more about his vision as a director than about Gray’s ocular conundrum. This film is but one angle of a parallax view of Spalding Gray; as a man of the theatre, he wore many hats, sometimes within the same film or performance. Here he ranges from crazed raconteur to quietly ponderous, all amplified by Soderbergh’s technique …”  (Brize Ezell, Popmatters.com)

     


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