Monster in a Box

Screening on Film
Directed by Nick Broomfield.
With Spalding Gray.
US, 1992, 35mm, color, 87 min.

Spalding Gray moves his one-man show out of Cambodia into more personal terrain addressing the foibles of writing a novel, aliens and AIDS, earthquakes and artist colonies, writer’s block in Nicaragua and photography in St. Petersburg. Meanwhile, the “monster” looms in the wings: Gray’s unwieldy 1,800-page manuscript of his novel, Impossible Vacation. Nick Broomfield, better known for his first-person investigative documentaries, provides inventive camera work to increase visual variety. Laurie Anderson’s electronic incidental music accentuates the monologue’s momentum.

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