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SWIMMING To CAMBODIA (Spalding Gray), 1987, DVD


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149.81 14804317 Inventory ID#: 41484 SWIMMING To CAMBODIA (Spalding Gray) /aka/ Spalding Gray s Swimming to Cambodia Year: 1987 Director: Jonathan Demme Starring: Spalding Gray, Sam Waterston, Ira Wheeler Category/Ge
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Inventory ID#: 41484

SWIMMING To CAMBODIA (Spalding Gray) /aka/ Spalding Gray's Swimming to Cambodia

Year:     1987
Director: Jonathan Demme
Starring:  Spalding Gray, Sam Waterston, Ira Wheeler
Category/Genre:  Documentary  Art House  How To / Behind The Scene
Movie Details:
FormatDVD region 1 or 0

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LabelSevilleSpecial Features
Running Time85 minsSubtitles
Movie SummarySpalding Gray sits behind a desk throughout the entire film and recounts his exploits and chance encounters while playing a minor role in the film 'The Killing Fields'. At the same time, he gives a background to the events occurring in Cambodia at the time the film was set. "By rights, an 87-minute filmed monologue should be as stimulating as watching paint dry. Ah, but when the monologist is the brilliant Spalding Gray, then the audience is in for a cerebral feast. Based on his one-man Broadway presentation, Swimming to Cambodia is a mesmerizing account of Gray's experiences while playing a small role in the 1984 film The Killing Fields. Gray's ramblings encompass such subject as Southeast Asian politics, the availability of sex and drugs in the Third World, and even a few choice observations about New York City. The monologist sits at a desk throughout, while director Jonathan Demme makes no effort to "cinematize" the material. Still, the film is a fascinating hour and a half, and few viewers will feel the impulse to walk out of the theatre or fast-forward the VCR. Swimming to Cambodia was followed by another Spalding Gray "talking theatre" piece, Monster in a Box." Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide. VIEWER COMMENT : "Yes, it is a documentary and, yes, it is a monologue. Yes, he discusses the sex trade in Cambodia which is extemely explicit. But this is about Cambodia. This is about the Killing Fields. This is about our involvement in that history. There is nothing gratuitous. Gray is captivating as he sits on a darkened stage with his words and topics accented with strategic lighting, maps, sounds and video clips. You will leave this film with a new understanding of what happened from Cambodia to Kent State. He also has a unique insight into mankind. In this, his "Talking Cure", you will be compelled to try to answer the question that he wrestles with - 'Is morality a moving feast?'. This is an important film." VIEWER COMMENT : "This film blew me away. This guy sits behind a small desk on-stage in a small auditorium with a couple of maps of Southeast Asia behind him and talks for two hours. Spalding Gray's descriptions of Phuket, Thailand beat any travelogue hands-down. His oral history of Cambodia is as fascinating as it is succinct. His word-pictures and imagery of his experiences in Southeast Asia, on the train from Philadelphia to Chicago, and in his girlfriend's downtown New York neighborhood display his mastery of the art of storytelling. You don't just hear it, you experience it! This film is worth playing again and again and again." DVD Features: Aspect Widescreen Ratio 1.85:1; Dolby Digital 2.0; Bios; Trailer Gallery; Scene Access

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