Without You I’m Nothing

Director: John Boskovich
USA / 1990 / 89 min

Available Oct 26-29

Sandra Bernhardt’s 1988 one-woman stage show gets the concert film treatment, which finds Bernhardt performing her high-wire act—including recollections of her Michigan childhood, a slew of celebrity impressions, stand-up comedy asides, strip-tease shimmies, and song-and-dance revue—for an increasingly hostile simulated audience at a Los Angeles supper club. “A lacerating, exhilarating dissection of popular culture told in monologue and song… [highlights Bernhardt’s] aggressive volubility and her brilliant tweaking of boundaries between insider and outsider, narcissism and abjection.”—Melissa Anderson, Artforum

Part of “Lives of Performers”