Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me
First screened in December 2014
Director: Chiemi Karasawa. Documentary about the legendary Broadway actress, cabaret performer, and TV star Elaine Stritch, centering on her late-career resurgence and awareness of her own legacy. Interview subjects include Elaine Stritch, Rob Bowman, Alec Baldwin, Tina Fey, James Gandolfini, Cherry Jones, Nathan Lane, Harold Prince, John Turturro, George C. Wolfe.

Twitter Capsule: Stritch worship quickly goes too far for me, but film isn't only seduced, and it's courageous on old age.

VOR:   Holds a more vinegar, critically distant perspective than other Stritch-focused documents, but still compassionate: best bulwark against redundancy and savvy way into end-of-life questions.

Photo © 2013 Sundance Selects/Isotope Films

Not yet reviewed in full. Grade: B–

Chicago International Film Festival: Audience Award (Documentary)

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