Review: ‘Reno: Rebel Without a Pause’

Brash, disheveled New Yawker Reno adds her two cents' worth to the flood of 9-11 recollections and reflections in "Rebel Without a Pause." Nancy Savoca's workmanlike record of a La Mama stage performance taped last December finds the comic spinning some not-especially-interesting anecdotes about her bewildered actions that day.

Brash, disheveled New Yawker Reno adds her two cents’ worth to the flood of 9-11 recollections and reflections in “Rebel Without a Pause.” Nancy Savoca’s workmanlike record of a La Mama stage performance taped last December finds the comic spinning some not-especially-interesting anecdotes about her bewildered actions that day, before turning toward more incisive political commentary. Slight, routinely presented concert pic will make OK cable fare.

Reno lives in Tribeca close to the World Trade Center, which she admits she never actually entered — or even thought about entering. Some cracks about Creation Science and a surprisingly earnest analysis of Celine Dion’s “God Bless America” interpretation prelude her memories of that fateful morning. These are not very compelling or even flattering, since she seems to have been mostly struck by the event’s immediate inconveniences. Funnier and sharper are later musings on militarism, patriotism, President Bush and the media (citing Larry King as the eager “impresario of the New War”). Piece is over before it’s arrived at any real narrative shape or thematic gist. Best feature is tag showing her interviewing fellow NYC residents on the street. Tech package is just serviceable.

Reno: Rebel Without a Pause

Production

A Reno Co. production in association with Exile Films. Produced by Richard Guay. Executive producers, Reno, Nancy Savoca. Directed by Nancy Savoca. Screenplay, Reno, from her stage performance.

Crew

Camera (color, Digital Betacam), Lisa Leone; editor, Suzanne Spangler. Reviewed at Toronto Film Festival (Contemporary World Cinema), Sept. 10, 2002. Running time: 71 MIN.

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Reno.
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