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Swimming To Cambodia - Part 2


Spalding Gray's Swimming to Cambodia is a 1987 Jonathan Demme-directed
performance film. The film is a performance of Spalding Gray's
monologue which centered around such themes as his trip to Southeast
Asia to create the role of the U.S. Ambassador's aide in The Killing Fields, the Cold War, Cambodia, Year Zero and his search for his "perfect moment".

Swimming to Cambodia was originally a theatre piece on which Gray spent
two years working. The original running time of the performance was four
hours long and took place over two nights.

Swimming to Cambodia won Gray an Obie award.

In 2001, Gray took Swimming to Cambodia back to the stage in Los Angeles, Chicago and Albany, New York.

The soundtrack for this film was composed and performed by Laurie Anderson, who would also score Gray's follow-up film, Monster in a Box.

In June 2001, he suffered severe injuries in a car crash while on
vacation in Ireland. "In the crash, Gray, who had always battled his
hereditary depression and bipolar tendencies, suffered a badly broken
hip, leaving his right leg almost immobilized, and a fracture in his
skull that left a jagged

scar on his forehead.He now suffered not only from depression but also
from a brain injury. During surgery in which a titanium plate was placed
over the break in his skull, surgeons removed dozens of bone fragments
from his frontal cortex.

Shattered both physically and emotionally, he spent the ensuing months experimenting with every therapy imaginable."

On January 11, 2004, Gray, suffering from increasingly deep episodes of clinical depression in part

as a result of his injuries, was declared missing.

It is believed that Gray jumped off the side of the Staten Island Ferry. In light of a suicide

attempt in 2002, and that his mother had killed herself in 1967, suicide was suspected.

On March 7, 2004, the Office of Chief Medical Examiner of the City of
New York reported that Gray's body was discovered by two men and pulled
from the East River. One of the men subsequently gave an interview
providing details of the accidental discovery.

It was reported that Gray was working on a new monologue at the time of
his death, and that the subject matter of the piece – the Ireland car
crash and his subsequent attempts to recover from his injuries – might
have triggered his final bout of depression.


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Added: Aug-14-2012 Occurred On: Aug-14-2012
By: stirgy
Tags: spalding, gray, perfect, moment, marijuana, Dith, Pran, Killing, fields, Jonathan, Demme, pol, pot, Cambodia, Year Zero, Khmer Rouge,
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