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Monster in a Box

  • PG-13
  • DVD
  • 1 disc
  • Region 1 USA/CA (info)
  • Spalding Gray performed his one-act monologue "Monster in a Box" at the Mitzi Newhouse Theater at New York City's Lincoln Center from November 2, 1990-January 20, 1991. Renee Shafransky directed the show. "Swimming to Cambodia," another of Gray's monologues, was also adapted for the big screen. Directed by Jonathan Demme, it was released in 1987. A third, "Terrors of Pleasure" was produced for HBO between "Swimming" and "Monster." In 1992, Gray was working on a new monologue about his eye operation. The title refers to Gray's enormous autobiography, which is the supposed subject of the film. "Impossible Vacation" was published by Knopf in 1992. Different sources list different running times for the film, from 88 to 96 minutes. Filmed at the Riverside Studios in London, England. Filming began March 5, 1991; completed March 8, 1991. Filmed before a live audiences in three complete performances plus one extra session for picking up shots. Shot in Eastmancolor; prints by Technicolor. Screened at the 1992 Sundance Film Festival; San Francisco International Film Festival; Seattle International Film Festival, and Venice Film Festival (Window on Images). Released in Los Angeles May 15, 1992. Released in New York City June 5, 1992. Released on video January 27, 1993. Reviewed in the Los Angeles Times May 15, 1992 and the New York Times June 5, 1992.
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): ID1546

  • Credits
    Spalding Gray
  • Critic Reviews
    "...Splendid....Sly and funny and dead-on serious, full of the kind of particular details that separate the poet from the journalist..."
    New York Times

    "...[The film] builds to the most side-splitting crescendo..."
    USA Today

    "...Funny....The best moments are Gray's off-handed confessional anecdotes....He wears his hang-ups knowingly, like a smart suit..."
    Entertainment Weekly

    "...Gray's narrative style owes a little to jazz improvisation. He heads in the direction of his narrative, throws in a few riffs on tangential ideas, pretends to have changed the subject, and then triumphantly returns to his theme and wraps everything up with a flourish..."
    Chicago Sun-Times

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