Monday, December 27, 2010
After all that acclaim, it would have been nice if Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work were, you know, well made. It’s not as elliptical as, say, The Hills, but it’s not exactly comprehensive, and structurally it’s almost as inventive as An Inconvenient Truth. That said, Joan Rivers is a spicy subject, and those of us who know her primarily for belittling stars on the Red Carpet to their faces—which alone makes her a national treasure—will find a fascinating history of one of our comedy pioneers. Directors Ricki Stern and Anne Stundberg aren’t to blame for the mainstream press’ juvenile lack of perspective, and their humanistic behind-the-scenes peek at the Renaissance workaholic is one delicious piece of low-hanging fruit.