Film #11: ELAINE STRITCH: SHOOT ME
Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me
3 out of 5 stars
What starts out as a celebration of the life of Hollywood & Broadway legend Elaine Stritch soon takes a more serious tone as the film veers into a brutally frank look at what it means to get older. Stritch is to be commended for allowing such a frank look at her declining years (the film was released shortly before her death on July 17, 2014). The filmmakers are given open access to Stritch as they follow her about the launching of a new Sondheim review show. All too soon, it’s evident that Stritch is not up to the task as she forgets lyrics, cues, and even which song she’s singing. Still… the woman is a legend and, as one person says in the films, a “conduit to old Hollywood.” A true original, Stritch’s epiphany at the end of the film is both satisfying and beautiful. Recommended - especially for those who love classic cinema and the one of a kind people who made them.