Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work: DVD Review
Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work
A simply stunning doco about the stalwart of the American showbiz scene, Joan
Rivers: A Piece of Work follows the comedienne through one year of highs and
lows of her life.
During that time, Joan tries to launch a stage play, get as much work as she
can and generally seize every opportunity which presents itself - and then milk
it for as much as she can.
A warts and all portrayal of how to deal with longevity in showbiz it may be,
but what it's also is a fascinating look at how one woman continues to thrive
within the industry.
We watch Joan take every chance to get her play off the ground and then see
her slump catastrophically when it gets 3 star reviews - we view her apartment,
with its opulence and magnificence; or as she says "how Marie Antoinette would
have lived if she'd had money."
You can't help but want her to succeed or to empathise with this bastion of
showbiz - but what you do get out of this is a cautionary tale of how ruthless
the industry can be - however, given the amount of effort Joan puts in (filing
cabinets full of jokes, trying out material over Obama), you just can't look
Extras: Commentary with Joan, Extra scenes, Q&A at
Sundance and trailer.