Spalding Gray is best remembered as a theatrical monologist who gained notoriety through his public displays of introspection. Director Steven Soderbergh, having collaborated with Gray in the documented monologue Gray’s Anatomy, once again shows a symbiotic understanding of Gray’s fragile genius. After Spalding Gray’s tragic death by apparent suicide, his widow asked the director to make a documentary about her late husband. The result is And Everything is Going Fine, which is presented not as “a documentary by Steven Soderbergh,” but as “a tribute by” the director. There are no new interviews or narration; but rather a collage of archive materials simply used as a chance for Gray to give one final monologue on the events of his life. Here is the official synopsis:
Apple has the trailer in HD, and this synopsis:
AND EVERYTHING IS GOING FINE, an incisive and entertaining portrait of Spalding Gray by director Steven Soderbergh provides an intimate look at the master monologist as described by his most critical, irreverent and insightful biographer: Spalding Gray. Soderbergh distills 25 years of rare and revealing footage to construct a riveting final monologue. An official selection of the SXSW, True/False and Edinburgh film festivals, this inspired one-man show is a bittersweet display of the writer-performer’s playful and embattled intelligence, and his gift for tracking universal truths by looking himself squarely in the eye.
And Everything is Going Fine opens on December 10.