July 20, 2017

Shoot Me, Documentary on Elaine Stritch

You don’t have to be a theater buff to enjoy Shoot Me, a fascinating 2013 documentary on the legendary Elaine Stritch. Alec Baldwin served as an executive producer on the film project, no doubt as a result of Stritch brilliantly playing his overbearing mother on NBC’s 30 Rock.

We see her home life at the storied Carlyle Hotel in New York, scenes with music director and angel care-taker Rob Bowman and observe a frustrating recording session with Stephen Sondheim when he and Stritch were both much younger. The viewer is treated to interview clips with Alec Baldwin, Tina Fey, Tracy Morgan, Cherry Jones, Nathan Lane, Harold Prince, George C. Wolfe, John Turturro and James Gandolfini, among others.

We see a brutally honest Stritch who quips that the footage is catching her at “almost post-time.” Indeed, she passed away just a few short months after the film was released in early 2014. If you want to see a one-of-a-kind entertainer from her performance genius all the way to her sometimes messy day-to-day life, this documentary on Netflix will captivate you.

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  1. I was fortunate enough to see this film at the Chicago Film Festival when it first came out. Elaine Stritch was in the audience and answered questions from the group. As the group was trailing out of the theatre and bunching around her trying to talk I moved away from the group and slipped around to the side where no one was standing and got to have a fun little talk with her. Wish I had taken a selfie with her. So it’s good to not follow the crowd. You never know who you can meet.

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