Number of Times Seen – 1 (9 Nov 2019)
Brief Synopsis – Documentary about the life and career of famed comedienne Gilda Radner.
My Take on it – This is a film that I came across by accident and was drawn in by the premise right from the very start.
I have always been a fan of Saturday Night Live and have seen every episode of the first decade of the show, so I was quite familiar with Gilda Radner’s work on the show.
I was quite aware of her career as a comedienne, her marriage to Gene Wilder and her untimely death of cancer in 1989, but this film is so much more than that.
They are able to give us a very intimate look at her life from her own perspective which is quite a unique way to show this kind of story.
The film bases most of its flow on her personal wiring, her memoirs and audio and video tapes that she recorded over the years.
This allows us to see things from her viewpoint and we are able to obviously see that not all that was seen on the outside was a reflection of what was going on inside of her mind.
The decision to have modern day comedienne read her thoughts adds another layer to the story which makes it even more poignant to watch unfold.
The use of her personal thoughts about her very complex and turbulent life and lifestyle is also used here to help develop her character in a more profound way since it allows us get an even better understanding of the way that the events of her life helped shape her personality and perspective on things while also developing her character on a much deeper level.
Bottom Line – Amazing look at the life of this hilarious women that gives us a very intimate portrait of her life. They do an amazing job showing that not all that is one way on the outside is a pure reflection of what is on the inside. The choice to have numerous modern day comedians read her innermost thoughts helps give us a nice perspective on things. This film utilizes the innermost thoughts of Radner via her personal writings and recordings which gives us so much insights into her very turbulent and complex life yet at the same time endears here even more because of the way she is developed through her own words. Highly Recommended!
MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – American comedian and actress who was one of the seven original cast members for the NBC sketch comedy show Saturday Night Live (SNL). In her routines, Radner specialized in parodies of television stereotypes, such as advice specialists and news anchors, and in 1977, she won an Emmy Award for her performances on the show. She also portrayed those characters in her highly successful one-woman show on Broadway in 1979. (From Wikipedia)
Rating – Oscar Worthy (9/10)
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