The Criterion Collection
Edition no. 618
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Directed by: Steven Soderbergh
Featuring: Spalding Gray
One of the great raconteurs of stage and screen, Spalding Gray, came together with one of cinema’s boldest image-makers, Oscar-winning director Steven Soderbergh, for Gray’s Anatomy, a spellbinding adaptation of Gray’s 1993 monologue of the same name (cowritten with Renée Shafransky). In it, Gray, with typical sardonic relish, chronicles his arduous journey through the diagnosis and treatment of a rare and alarming ocular condition. For the monologist, this experience occasioned a meditation on illness and mortality, medicine and metaphysics; for the filmmaker, it was a chance to experiment with ways of bringing his subject’s words to brilliant, eye-opening life.
Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
Audio: English 5.1 DTS-HD MA Surround
Discs: 1 Disc | BD-50
- New interviews with Steven Soderbergh and monologue cowriter Renée Shafransky
- A Personal History of the American Theater, a ninety-five-minute monologue by Spalding Gray, originally produced by the Wooster Group in 1980 and videotaped in 1982
- Swimming to the Macula, sixteen minutes of footage from Gray’s actual eye surgery
- A booklet featuring a new essay by film critic Amy Taubin
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