ELAINE STRITCH: SHOOT ME to Play BFI London Film Festival in October
Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me, an intimate, riotous documentary portrait of the legendary Broadway actress and singer, will soon receive its European premiere at the British Film Institute London Film Festival. The film will play at BFI Southbank, NFT2 (Oct 18, 3:30 PM) and ICA, Screen 1 (Oct 20, 3:30 PM).
'Don't you think you're awfully close to me? I don't know whether this is a skin commercial, or what...' There are divas, there are forces of nature, and then there's Elaine Stritch. This wonderfully entertaining documentary follows the showbiz legend, 87 years young at the time of filming, still wowing audiences on stage and screen while peppering hapless colleagues and cameramen alike (see above quote) with her hilarious, no-frills feistiness. Despite Stritch's epic, award-winning career - she debuted on Broadway in 1946 - Chiemi Karasawa's exceptionally intimate portrait is no nostalgia fest. Rather, the film is, like its subject, present tense: alive with her ongoing professional challenges and personal demons. Heartfelt testimonies from Alec Baldwin, Tina Fey and the late, great James Gandolfini confirm her enduring spirit but this is, appropriately, a one-woman show. To paraphrase Ms Stritch's favourite lyricist Stephen Sondheim: she's still here. And how.
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