October 17, 1997 at 04:00 AM EDT

Gray's Anatomy

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
Unrated
performer
Spalding Gray
director
Steven Soderbergh
genre
Comedy

Once again monologuist Gray (Swimming to Cambodia) demonstrates that it is possible to thoroughly entertain while sitting in a chair — albeit one that sometimes travels across the frame as if on a conveyor belt — telling a long, digressive anecdote. Directed by Steven Soderbergh,who invigorates the static compositions with bizarre lighting and distorting lenses, Anatomy is the engrossing, hilarious tale of Gray’s attempts to treat a serious eye condition. Alternatives to surgery, such as a visit to the ”Elvis Presley of psychic surgeons,” form the narrative. The squeamish should fast-forward past the opening black-and-white section, in which other folks discuss their own eye traumas in faint-inducing detail. B

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