In her own words, comedienne Gilda Radner looks back and reflects on her life and career. Weaving together recently discovered audiotapes, interviews with her friends, rare home movies and ... See full summary »
What does it mean to be a performing artist - first, last and always? Broadway legend Elaine Stritch can answer that. At 87, Stritch is still here, dominating the stage in her one woman cabaret act, torturing Alec Baldwin on 30ROCK, giving us her take on aging, her struggle with alcohol and diabetes, and the fear of leaving the follow spot behind. In stolen moments from her corner room at the Carlyle, and on breaks from her tour and work, candid reflections about her life are punctuated with rare archival footage, words from friends (Hal Prince, George C. Wolfe, Nathan Lane, Cherry Jones and John Turturro) and photographs from her personal collection. By turns bold, hilarious and achingly poignant, the journey connects Stritch's present to her past, and an inspiring portrait of a one-of-a-kind survivor emerges.Written by
When the doctor called me and told me he had cancer... I burst into a flood of tears... That's the way I cried when John died. And then I cried no more!... But I said, "I've got to, I gotta, gotta get going and see what I can find now," 'cause I loved being married, and I loved being in love, and I loved all that. So where am I gonna find that again? And I never did. I never did.
See more »
This is a wonderfully candid, straightforward doc on the ever fascinating Elaine Stritch, who at 87 can still command your attention. Sharp and witty as ever, this workhorse of a woman was born for the stage. This film is very well put together by first time director Chiemi Karasawa, who never lets a false note into her documentary and keeps this at a lean 81 minutes. Shoot Me is never a puff piece or a shrine to Stritch, it's presents her past, her career and her demons without an ounce of schmaltz and without a heavy hand - in fact, despite a cameraman's voice occasionally, or Karasawa offscreen asking a question, the filmmakers feel invisible, which brings out honesty in the film and their subject.
3 of 4 people found this review helpful.
Was this review helpful to you?
| Report this