|ELAINE STRITCH: SHOOT ME (director/writer: Chiemi Karasawa; screenwriter: ; cinematographers: Shane Sigler/Joshua Z. Weinstein/Rod Lamborn; editors: Kjerstin Rossi/Pax Wassermann; music: Kristopher Bowers; cast: Elaine Stritch, Alec Baldwin, Rob Bowman, Tina Fey, James Gandolfini, Cherry Jones, Julie Keyes, Nathan Lane, Tracy Morgan, Hal Prince, John Turturro, George C. Wolfe; Runtime: 80; MPAA Rating: NR; producers: Elizabeth Hemmerdinger/ Chiemi Karasawa; IFC Films; 2013)|
brassy Elaine is mostly likable, even if
self-absorbed, so is the straight-forward
by Dennis Schwartz
Karasawa, in her directorial debut,
spotlights the incomparable almost 87-year-old
legendary Broadway actress and cabaret entertainer
Elaine Stritch. We catch her strolling through Central
Park, onstage, backstage, preparing for a
musical revue, managing her diabetes, rattling on
about her alcohol problem, quoting the Bette Davis
line "that old age is not for sissies," and demanding
honesty among her showbiz friends. It also contains
archival footage from her long showbiz career, that
began in 1944 when she left the convent.
the brassy Elaine is mostly likable, even if
self-absorbed, so is the straight-forward documentary.
How could you not love Elaine giving Alex Baldwin the
business on the set of 30 Rock?
also learn that Elaine is moving out of her luxury Carlyle
Hotel residence to return to her hometown of Detroit.
doc might best be enjoyed by her many fans. The casual
viewer, who hasn't closely followed the eccentric
actress's career, might not catch what makes her great
in this flippant presentation.
REVIEWED ON 11/19/2014 GRADE: B-
Dennis Schwartz: "Ozus' World Movie Reviews"
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