Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work (2010)

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Released 16-Feb-2011
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A year in the life of the Queen of Comedy

JOAN RIVERS: A PIECE OF WORK takes us on a year long ride with the irreverent comedian and pop icon Joan Rivers, peeling away the mask of the legendary performer, laying bare both the struggle and thrill of living life as a groundbreaking female performer.

With unprecedented, unguarded access, the film captures intimate scenes shot in Joan’s 75th year - Joan at home, during holidays, performing stand up and acting in a play she wrote, gossiping with her fans, writing jokes and managing her career - interweaving them with home movies, stand up routines, book recordings, personal photographs and archival footage to create a lush visual landscape and cinematic backdrop for the narrative as it unfolds.

A unique look inside America’s obsession with fame and celebrity —Joan’s story is both an outrageously funny journey and a brutally honest look at the ruthless entertainment industry, the trappings of success and the ultimate vulnerability of the first queen of comedy.

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Joan Rivers
Patrick Alparone
Melissa Rivers
George Carlin
Kathy Griffin
Johnny Carson
Edgar Cooper Endicott
Phyllis Diller
Annie Duke
Flo Fox
Directed by
Ricki Stern
Anne Sundberg
Paul Brill
Genre Year Running Time Format Region Coding
Documentary 2010 81:28 (Case: 84) 576i (PAL) 4
Widescreen 1.78:1, 16x9 Enhanced
Automatic Pan & Scan Information Encoded
English Dolby Digital 5.1 (448Kb/s), English Audio Commentary Dolby Digital 5.1 (224Kb/s), English Dolby Digital 2.0 surround-encoded (224Kb/s)
Audio Commentary-Joan Rivers., Outtakes-Over 50 mins of unused footage., Interviews-Cast & Crew-Sundance screening Q & A with star and directors. , Theatrical Trailer-2:27 : 1.78 and 16x9 same quality as feature., Trailer-Exit Through the Gift Shop, Trailer-Patti Smith : Dream of Life, Trailer-With Gilbert and George, Trailer-Alice Neel
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