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Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work


Dir. Ricki Stern & Annie Sundberg (2010).
This documentary-portrait celebrates the indomitable stand-up comic through the course of her 76th year. Rivers not only anticipated Sarah Silverman’s Jewish princess shock vulgarity but the class-conscious spite with which Sandra Bernhard attacks celebrity culture. Disappointingly stingy with shtick, the movie presents the image of a dirty-mouthed yenta as immaculately groomed as the Seventh Avenue buyer that she once briefly was.

Tue., Dec. 14, 6 p.m., 2010

This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on December 1, 2010

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