In her own words, comedienne Gilda Radner reflects on her life and career. Weaving together her recently discovered audiotapes and rare home movies, LOVE, GILDA opens a unique window into the honest and whimsical world of the beloved performer whose greatest role was sharing her story. The unforgettable documentary also includes interviews with original “Saturday Night Live” cast and crew, such as Chevy Chase, Laraine Newman, Paul Shaffer and longtime friend, Martin Short, and diaries read by modern-day comedians who were inspired by Gilda, including Bill Hader, Amy Poehler, Maya Rudolph and Cecily Strong.
Gilda Radner puts a smile on the faces of people who remember watching her as one of the original cast members of “Saturday Night Live,” where she created and portrayed now-classic comic characters such as Roseanne Roseannadanna, Emily Litella and Lisa Loopner. She quickly rose to meteoric fame in television, movies and on Broadway, and was declared ‘one of America’s sweethearts.’
LOVE, GILDA, directed by Lisa D’Apolito, is a true autobiography, told in Gilda’s words and in her own voice. Working with the Radner Estate, D’Apolito unearthed a collection of diaries and personal audio and videotapes documenting her childhood, her comedy career, her life with Gene Wilder and ultimately, her struggle with cancer. The never-before-seen footage and journal entries form the narrative spine of the documentary, allowing Gilda to tell her own story through laughter and sometimes tears. Incredibly, she was able to find humor in even the darkest of times and her spirit lives on in comedy, as she’s still considered an inspiring female trailblazer.
The inspiring documentary also includes interviews with “Saturday Night Live” creator and producer Lorne Michaels and writer Alan Zweibel, Broadway composer Stephen Schwartz and Second City CEO Andrew Alexander.
DVD & Digital HD Release
Street Date: January 1, 2019
Run Time: 86 minutes
Rating: Not Rated
SRP: $26.98 (DVD)
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