Tribeca Review: 'Richard Pryor: Omit the Logic' Leaves Out Insight

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by Maggie Lange
April 25, 2013 1:39 AM
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Richard Pryor

But Pryor’s talent nonetheless prevails despite his propensity for profanity. He gets many breaks: an act in Vegas at the Aladdin, a show at NBC, and a $40 million seven-picture deal with Columbia. But in almost every instance, Pryor found himself censored or creatively compromised. And so, according to the witnesses, he wildly acts out in order to express his independence.

Zenovich's 2008 "Roman Polanski: Wanted and Desired," about another controversial figure in American entertainment, was praised for its subtle open-ended quality. "Omit the Logic," while also open-ended regarding the creative and destructive outbursts from the subject, seems empty. It ends with an interview with Pryor, in which he was asked how he would like to be remembered. He says, "I would like someone to look at my picture and laugh and have stories to tell… [I would like to] bring joy. That's how I like to be remembered." While this documentary remembers Pryor, it doesn’t show enough of his brilliant humor or his motivation behind it. It needed to pry further.

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  • Brian | April 25, 2013 10:57 AMReply

    Watching TV as a boy with my family, I remember seeing Pryor's first appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show. We all knew at that moment that a star was born.
    What kind of clips does this docu have of his early TV appearances? And how is the quality? I've been alarmed by the tendency in recent documentaries to show archival footage in the worst quality possible, as if the filmmaker just took everything from YouTube. Why have standards dropped so much?

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