Derek DelGaudio’s “In and Of Itself” is stunning, mind-bending, and will keep you thinking about it long after the last credit has rolled.
Derek DelGaudio’s “In and Of Itself” isn’t just a live show filmed for the movies, although it certainly is that. It isn’t just Mr. DelGaudio telling mesmerizing tales, wowing you with his stunning slight of hand…though it certainly is that, too. It’s an existential exploration of what it means to be human, what matters most in our lives, and who gets to determine how we are defined.
You know, easy things like that.
I don’t want to give too much away – I want you to have the surprise for yourself. But I will say I still have no idea how many of the breathtaking feats he accomplishes live were possible. Seeing the audience transfixed and experiencing this journey was mesmerizing. And all I could think was…when can I watch this again?
Mr. DelGaudio explores themes of what it means to see and be seen in an interactive format in front of a live audience for a deeply compelling 90 minutes. This movie continues the trend of filmed live-theater shows – like “Hamilton” and “What the Constitution Means To Me” – that have captured the energy and magic of these live shows on screen. We can now add “In and Of Itself” to that excellent tradition as well.
This movie was produced by Stephen Colbert and directed by the always remarkable Frank Oz. There’s a great interview with Mr. DelGaudio in Vanity Fair, and many other raves about this movie, like those on NPR, and CNN.
But most importantly…watch “In and Of Itself” on Hulu. You’ll be glad you did.