Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Ricki Stern and Annie Sundberg

For Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work (2010), filmmakers Ricki Stern and Annie Sundberg spent months with the comedian, filming at close range. The most eloquent sequence in the film goes beyond depicting an always-onstage, always-driven celebrity: while handing out Thanksgiving meals for God's Love We Deliver, Rivers meets Flo Fox, a photographer confined to a wheelchair (top still). After their encounter, Rivers seeks out Flo Fox's life story on the web. While watching a 1980 television clip of Fox in her better days with Tom Snyder on the Tomorrow Show (second still), Rivers says, "There's this sexy, young, artistic, edgy, New York, tough, bohemian girl. Life is so mean.'' It's a lovely and poignant moment.
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