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Elaine Stritch Shoot Me Movie Review

Title: Elaine Stritch Shoot Me

Director: Chiemi Karasawa

Starring: Elaine Stritch, Alec Baldwin, Tina Fey, James Gandolfini, John Turturro, Cherry Jones, Hal Prince, George C. Wolfe, Nathan Lane.

The acclaimed documentary producer, Chiemi Karasawa, makes his directorial debut, depicting the life of the feisty and extraordinary 87 year old Broadway legend, Elaine Stritch.

The revealing and poignant ‘Elaine Stritch Shoot Me’ showcases the uncompromising Tony and Emmy Award-winning actress on and off stage, through some very fine and rare footage.

The cinema vérité approach is rewarding, since Elaine conveys her incredible humour as well as her most delicate emotional moments, as she proves to be a match for her colleagues and friends: Alec Baldwin, Tina Fey, James Gandolfini, John Turturro, Cherry Jones, Hal Prince, George C. Wolfe, Nathan Lane.

Cantankerous and outspoken, Elaine washes away all the false smiles and niceties of show business, reminding that the spotlight needs to be conquered with hard work and guts. Stritch shares her personal struggles with ageing, diabetes and alcoholism, unveiling the darker side of the great artist that has conquered the Great White Way.

Technical: B

Story: A

Overall: B-

Written by: Chiara Spagnoli Gabardi

Elaine Stritch Shoot Me Movie

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Chiara Spagnoli Gabardi is a storyteller, who speaks and writes fluently in English, Italian, French and Spanish. She is member of the Italian Association of Journalists and of the Foreign Press in New York City. She studied in a British school in Milan, from nursery to high school, after which she graduated in Political Sciences, got a Masters in screen-writing and film production and studied at the Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute in New York and Los Angeles.

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