A Piece of Work
Joan Rivers is quite a tour de force. She has been involved in virtually every facet of the ever-amorphous "show business"--from stints in stand-up comedy and national television to work in film and theater. Her theatrical and sassy red carpet interviews are infamous. Rivers' latest role, as the focus of the documentary A Piece of Work, lets us see what happens when the camera comes close. The film has been hailed by critics as “riveting”, “hilarious”, “unsettling”, “inspiring” and, as many have noted, is "one of the best movies ever made about the brutal and unforgiving world of show business”. Filmmakers Ricki Stern and Annie Sundberg followed Joan Rivers for 14 months as she moved from gig to gig, facing an empty calendar and a completely full one, building new jokes and breaking down others and representing what it means to be a performer well into your 70s. This interview was shared with fellow journalist Jonathan W. Wind from Movie Magazine International.