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Joan Rivers: A Piece Of Work - Preview

Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work

Preview by Jack Foley

GRAND dame of comedy Joan Rivers has become an icon of her time; someone who will stop at nothing to remain in front of an audience; brash at times and always brutally honest, she engenders strong feelings.

Now, a brand new feature documentary, Joan Rivers: A Piece Of Work gives a fascinating insight into her life.

This real life story takes the audience on a year long ride with Rivers in her 75th year of life; it peels away the mask of an iconic comedian, laying bare both the struggle and thrill of living life as a groundbreaking female performer.

Filmmakers Ricki Stern and Annie Sundberg (The Devil Came On Horseback) catch the legendary comedian as she fights to keep her career thriving in a business driven by youth and beauty and gives a unique look inside America’s obsession with fame and celebrity.

Joan Rivers: A Piece Of Work is both an outrageously funny journey and a brutally honest look at the ruthless entertainment industry, the trappings of success and the ultimate vulnerability of the first queen of comedy and will be released on DVD on November 15, 2010, courtesy of Dogwoof.

Rivers is the quintessential story of survival and of determination – a child of Russian immigrants – she is the female pioneer who cut paths and broke boundaries in the otherwise all-male world of comedy, opening the door for other women comedians to follow.

Joan is the only woman to have ever held the position of host on a network late-night talk show. Her career has had dramatic highs and lows – a Tony nomination, an Emmy awarding winning talk show, a husband who committed suicide, a fraudulent business partner and a booming entrepreneurial business – forcing her to constantly reinvent herself.

While she achieved celebrity heights on The Johnny Carson Show and in the Vegas comedy world, she remained the anti-celebrity celebrity, always considering herself an outsider.

The film provides a rare look at Joan Rivers, an iconic performer, stripped of her comedy façade and laying bare the truth of her life and inspiration.

Special features include a Sundance Q&A, additional scenes, additional interviews and a trailer.

Certificate: E
Running Time: 84 mins + extras: 85 mins
Release Date: November 15, 2010