Gray's Anatomy | Chicago Reader

Gray's Anatomy

Strikingly composed black-and-white images of people talking about their eye injuries introduce Spalding Gray's 1996 chronicle of the treatment options for his own eye condition, which he describes with the help of an occasionally lurid backdrop and some obvious imagery—a story about a sweat lodge involves stage smoke, a description of an eye exam includes eye charts wiping slowly across the screen. More provocative is the verbal gore, though the excess seems to flatten the material; or maybe it's just that there wasn't much subtext to begin with—just some cheap thrills that border on nauseating. We're supposed to be aware of the level at which we're using our eyes to take in an obsessively vision-oriented discussion—but flamboyance in the lighting and cinematography is as deep as this idea goes. Based on a stage monologue Gray wrote with Renee Shafransky; Steven Soderbergh directed.


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