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Joan Rivers - A Piece Of Work [DVD]

Joan Rivers , Ricki Stern , Annie Sundberg    Exempt   DVD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
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Product details

  • Actors: Joan Rivers
  • Directors: Ricki Stern, Annie Sundberg
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: Dogwoof
  • DVD Release Date: 15 Nov 2010
  • Run Time: 84 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004415YNE
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 8,235 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Product Description

A year long ride with Joan Rivers in her 75th year of life; peeling 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 ) expose the private dramas of this irreverent, legendary comedian as she fights to keep her career thriving in a business driven by youth and beauty.

Product Description

Joan Rivers - A Piece of Work, The film was featured on the Graham Norton Show. Award winning film, a must-see for Joan Rivers Fans.

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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hilarious, Emotional and Brutally Honest 16 Dec 2010
Joan Rivers is a living comedy legend! I'm 16 and I think she's 10x funnier than half of the 'modern day' comediennes, and whilst we see her bravado on tv, her humour and jokes made of herself as well as her brutal opinions and public roastings from others we never see whats behind the curtain..this is without a doubt one of the best documentaries I have ever seen! Joan has seen some real trauma in life and still struggles to go on in life with her career, the camera is almost non stop rolling sometimes you forget you're watching it on dvd and feel more like you're watching it first person. It offers in sight into how Joan feels about things, how she deals with them and how she goes on in life despite everything thats happened. This dvd allows you to see a true celebrity in her true form, and we see just how talented she is, in every aspect. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Thank god, she's still alive!! 8 Jan 2011
What I really enjoyed about this documentary was the honesty. Besides the fact that she's hilarious the main topic is always what show business really is like and the importantance of having contacts and a loyal team around you, of course. Joan is facing some issues at some point of the movie and everybody is completely opened about it. Sadness is for sure part of this but also success and the ability of standing up again and with that reinventing yourself.
The music and the editing are wonderful although I would have liked to see what her friends are like, when she's around.
After having watched the movie for five times I'll say that the directors and Joan created a wonderful mirror.

5 Stars, because it's a 'must see'!!

And here comes a little spoiler:
Joan is discussing the carson-tragedy and with that Edgars passing which made her deal with interesting consequences.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Insightful and a must-see documentary 31 Dec 2010
Love or hate Joan Rivers, this is a totally must-see film. It shows her vulnerability, her difficult life but, above that, her surprisingly true work ethic and truly great spirit.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Driven 11 Jun 2012
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This film is simple in concept. The makers followed Joan Rivers for a year, filming her every move as they went and these edited highlights give us a window into her life. It's far from being the most interesting doumentary I have ever seen but it left me with two strong memories. Firstly how driven Ms Rivers is and secondly finding out that this woman who works ceaselessly, who craves popularity and success, who to my eyes looks pretty good if a little like a "real doll" is 75 years old. If I have half her energy when I am that old I will be a happy man! It's absolutely astonishing to see a woman of that age depressed unless her diary is anything less than packed out (we are talking multiple appointments every day) at a time of her life when she should be taking it easy. Part of me admires her spirit, the other half of me feels that she should get some perspective. But ultimately if she gives people pleasure and enjoys what she is doing, who am I to comment.

Worth a watch.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Most of the reviews are for the 'DVD'. But if you want to buy this on BLU RAY and you live in the UK or Europe - there's a problem...

This American Only IFC Films BLU RAY is REGION A LOCKED - so it won't play on our machines unless they're chipped to be 'all regions' (which few are).

Another title denied us by the crap of Region Coding. Joan would be rightly outraged...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Raw. Honest. Funny 11 Jan 2014
By GoGetIt
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I love Joan Rivers' comedy. Super humour. This documentary, however, showed a completely different side to Joan. It is so raw and honest that you get to see a little bit more of Joan herself. Definitely a must watch for anyone who enjoys great comedy.
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5.0 out of 5 stars thought provoking and hilarious 3 Dec 2012
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a year in the life of Joan Rivers - what a trooper - and is that house for REAL ?
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5.0 out of 5 stars Inside The Life Of An Icon
A delightful and honest peek into the current life of one of the planet's funniest people.

An absolute must for all Joan Rivers fans. Read more
Published 22 months ago by Mark Noble
3.0 out of 5 stars Not a show!
I give it only 3 stars.

My mistake, really. I was expecting a show, but this DVD is a documentary about Joan's life (a year in the life of). Read more
Published on 3 Jun 2012 by Little hair man
5.0 out of 5 stars joan rivers a piece of work
Brill documentary everyone sIhould watch this !!! Gives u a great inside to her as a person too enjoy and see her on tour while u can this Oct as it could be the last
Published on 29 Nov 2011 by jamesp
5.0 out of 5 stars A true living legend!
I was lucky enough to catch this fascinating documentary late one night on television, and afterwards I was so compelled to buy the DVD. Read more
Published on 23 Oct 2011 by vera meehan
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best ShowBiz Film Ever- Rivers Delivers The Theatrical Documentary...
Joan Rivers was once just an innocent Jewish girl, growing up in Brooklyn, NY.
Now she is the face of female comedy, and an undoubtable legend. Read more
Published on 20 Mar 2011 by George
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent documentary about the queen of Stand-up.
I loved this film from beginning to end. It is JUST perfect. It has excellent jokes and humor of course but at the same time depth and insight on life in the sense that without... Read more
Published on 26 Dec 2010 by Rodolfo Cabaleiro
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