Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me

Film Info
Section:Valley of the Docs
Running Time:80
Director:Chiemi Karasawa
Producer:Chiemi Karasawa
Elizabeth Hemmerdinger
Cinematographer:Rod Lamborn
Shane Sigler
Joshua Z. Weinstein
Editor:Kjerstin Rossi
Pax Wassermann
Cast:Elaine Stritch
Alec Baldwin
Rob Bowman
Tina Fey
James Gandolfini
Nathan Lane
John Turturro


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From the first frame of this magnificent film, Broadway legend and consummate performer Elaine Stritch has us in the palm of her hand—striding through the Upper East Side, bantering with all and sundry, engulfed in a voluminous fur coat over her signature long white shirt. Recent stints as 30 Rock’s secret weapon—Stritch played Jack Donaghy’s scene-stealing mother— have earned the Tonyand Emmy-winning actress a whole new fan base. Capturing Stritch onstage and off, and in interviews with Tina Fey, Alec Baldwin and Nathan Lane, filmmaker Chiemi Karasawa invokes a lifetime of terrific work with the likes of Noël Coward and Stephen Sondheim. Stritch reveals her life and loves, successes and challenges (vis-à-vis alcoholism, diabetes, aging) with great aplomb, remarkable candor—and perfect timing. “This is the time in my life when I’m going to behave like an elegant human being,” affirms the evercharming 87-year-old artist, as a beat goes by. “Or not.”—Zoë Elton