Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me (2013/2014)

Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me

Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me

Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me
Directed by Chieme Karasawa

Elaine Stritch is such a character, she has that bigger than life personality going on.  The documentary shows just that and more, even though it was bundled in such a short running time.  Making the film longer would be something to savor, but it would be overkill and I think that was one of the factors that made the film successful.  It captured what it wanted to say without overdoing it, without going too long.  It made you want to know more of Elaine Stritch.  It had me googling her for days now. 

The film shows an elderly Stritch and her deteriorating health.  That said the film did not sensationalize the fact that she is old and probably going away any time soon.  Instead it was a showcase of Stritch’s existence, skills and talents.  And seeing it now, knowing she is gone, it is a perfect remembrance of her. B+



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