Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work (2010)
Playing August 12th @ 8PM
R | 84 min | Documentary, Biography, Comedy | 2 July 2010 (USA)
Directors: Ricki Stern, Anne Sundberg (as Annie Sundberg)
Writer: Ricki Stern
Stars: Joan Rivers, Melissa Rivers, Kathy Griffin
A documentary on the life and career of Joan Rivers, made as the comedienne turns 75 years old.
This documentary follows one year in the life of Joan Rivers, who sees herself first and foremost as an actress, with her life as a comedienne/writer just an extension of being an actress. Now at age 75, Rivers has faced her ups and downs in her forty plus year career, the year leading up to filming being a down compared to what she would have wanted, which is a calendar full of engagements with several engagements each day. That want is in part to support her opulent personal lifestyle, but is more a need to bolster her own sense of self-worth as a basically insecure person who is probably best known now for her overuse of cosmetic surgery rather than her professional work. She feels that Kathy Griffin, who she admires, is now getting all the engagements she would have gotten in her prime. During this year, Rivers is seen going from engagement to engagement, some big - such as a Kennedy Center Honors for George Carlin, a double bill with Don Rickles in New York, and her own celebrity.