Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me


Now in her late 80s, Broadway legend Elaine Stritch remains as ferociously funny as ever. In this bold, hilarious and poignant portrait, the uncompromising Tony and Emmy Award-winner is revealed both on and off stage. Candid reflections about her life are punctuated with words from friends (including James Gandolfini, Tina Fey, John Turturro, Hal Prince, George C. Wolfe, Nathan Lane and Cherry Jones) and rare archival footage showcasing some of the great moments from her career. Whether dominating the stage, tormenting Alec Baldwin on the set of 30 Rock, or sharing her struggles with aging, diabetes and alcoholism, the film gives viewers a unique backstage pass to hilarious and heartrending moments with this brash diva. Shot over the course of one event-filled year, director Chiemi Karasawa paints an indelible portrait of a woman who literally embodies the showbiz motto “the show must go on.” Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me reaches beyond the icon’s brassy exterior and reveals an inspiring portrait of a complex woman and artist. (Dir. by Chiemi Karasawa, 2014, USA, 80 mins., Not Rated, Sundance Selects) Digital