Nothing Left Unsaid: Gloria Vanderbilt & Anderson Cooper

Directed by Liz Garbus

Starring Gloria Vanderbilt and Anderson Cooper

Privilege, love, loss, and survival are all deftly examined in Nothing Left Unsaid, which turns a lens on the expansive life of Gloria Vanderbilt. At 91, Vanderbilt herself provides a rich living history on the experience of growing up within a storied American family. Her youngest son, Anderson Cooper, peppers his still-vibrant mother on camera with questions about her complex public and private personas.

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  • ★★★★★ review by Michelle on Letterboxd

    Wonderful, moving, emotional documentary

  • ★★★★½ review by Tahnee on Letterboxd

    This was so, SO good. Anderson and Gloria, I love you both

  • ★★★★ review by linny nowlin on Letterboxd

    a tragic tale of a woman who had everything, yet nothing, and how, despite it all, she survived. gloria vanderbilt is a role model for women everywhere. she's inspired me and broken my heart simultaneously.

  • ★★★★ review by Ken Rudolph on Letterboxd

    This is the second HBO documentary I've watched this week about a son's attempt to understand and communicate his famous mother's story (the first was Jacob Ephron's paean to Nora.) However, in this case another film maker shaped the narrative; and all in all Liz Garbus does a good job of straightforward, chronological film making. Anderson Cooper, who spends more time interviewing his mother than being the subject of the film himself, is famous in his own right. But "Poor little rich girl" Gloria Vanderbilt is still alive in her nineties, still producing paintings that illustrate her fascinating, often tragic life. While not particularly probing, the film nevertheless succeeds as filmed biography. And as it reaches an emotional catharsis when it explores the mysterious suicide of Anderson's older brother Carter, the film touches a raw nerve of pain. Even the rich and famous are real people.

  • ★★★★ review by Bill Bryant on Letterboxd

    The documentary follows Anderson Cooper as he goes through the accumulated boxes of his mother's stuff, Gloria Vanderbilt, and they get into amazingly in-depth discussions of their family history, their personal lives and the sheer amount of loss this woman has gone through over the years.

    It's quite the portrait of the family and the matriarch in particular, and Cooper wanted to see it through before anything happened to anyone's health and left him with any questions about her life.

    Recommended.

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