You may know her from Broadway or 30 Rock or just as that crazy lady walking down Park Avenue in nothing but tights and a men’s dress shirt.
Whatever your connection, Elaine Stritch is an NYC legend. And the new documentary on her life proves that and more.
Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me follows the then 86-year-old (now 89) as she prepares and performs a one-woman cabaret tour singing (what else?) Stephen Sondheim songs.
But it’s not all rehearsals and backstage antics. The film captures a typical day for the Tony and Emmy winner. You’ll see Stritch interact with doormen and elevator attendants at home (ahem, the Carlyle) and close friends who range from the late James Gandolfini to a longtime AA buddy. She provides an all-access pass that showcases her renowned energy and wit (expect a lot of perfectly appropriate F bombs) but also unveils a warmth that may surprise you.
We have honestly not laughed so loudly in some time--at a film or otherwise--and can only hope to be rocking legs like that in our eighties.
Currently streaming on Netflix