“Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me” out on DVD and Netflix
Okay, you probably did not get a chance to see this in the theaters but this is a must-see at home for fans of the great Elaine Stritch and of Broadway in general.
It is a documentary of the multi-Tony winner in her late 80s as she soldiers on despite poor health. The filmmakers had excellent access as the actress does a stint at the Carlyle, shoots episodes of 30 Rock, makes her way around New York and prepares to semi-retire back in Michigan.
Stritch tells Playbill: “It’s a little frightening for people to get into your life that much, but I don’t have anything to hide. So, I’m open. There’s no point in doing a documentary unless you absolutely deliver the 100 percent truth. Energy-wise it’s very hard work.”
I loved the movie when I saw it earlier this year and was so sure that when it opened in only two LA theaters that it would be a sell out. I rushed to a theater in Pasadena on the Saturday praying to get a ticket, swept into the theater and then realized I live in my own little gay world. There were only about 25 people in the entire theater.
Me and those 24 other folks were in for quite a treat.
BONUS VIDEO: You can watch the entire 2002 concert film Elaine Stritch at Liberty below. The stage show won a Tony and the film which aired on HBO won an Emmy.