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Love, Gilda

2018, Lisa D'Apolito, USA, 88 min.

Show Times

  • Fri, Nov 2nd 2:00pm
  • Fri, Nov 2nd 7:45pm
  • Sat, Nov 3rd 3:00pm
  • Sun, Nov 4th 5:30pm
  • Mon, Nov 5th 6:00pm
  • Tue, Nov 6th 6:00pm
  • Wed, Nov 7th 8:30pm
  • Thu, Nov 8th 8:15pm

"Affectionate, well-crafted…D'Apolito does a beautiful job of honoring Radner." - Richard Roeper, Chicago Sun-Times

"A wonderfully intimate appreciation…going beyond bland, boilerplate tribute into true insight." - Chris Nashawaty, Entertainment Weekly

She was the first cast member chosen for "Saturday Night Live," and she remains the most beloved. Although there are tasty helpings of Radner's classic characters (mistress of misunderstanding Emily Litella, gleefully obnoxious Roseanne Roseannadanna, strung-out punk rocker Candy Slice, etc.), this is not a "Best of Gilda" compilation. The primary focus is on the woman behind the caricatures, uncovered through scrapbooks, snapshots, home movies, personal notes, audio recordings, and, most revealingly, the candid diaries she kept from childhood on (read with feeling by SNL successors including Amy Poehler, Maya Rudolph, and Melissa McCarthy). Augmented by insightful, affectionate reminisces from such cohorts as Lorne Michaels, Martin Short, Paul Shaffer, Chevy Chase, and Laraine Newman, the film builds a rich portrait of the overweight Detroit schoolgirl who learned to use comedy to preempt ridicule; the rising comedian honing her skills with Second City and National Lampoon; the SNL superstar battling the show's male-clubhouse politics and the pressures of sudden celebrity; the unfulfilled romantic who shuffled through numerous relationships before finding true love with Gene Wilder; and the cancer victim who thumbed her nose at self-pity and called upon comedy to sustain her one last time before her death at age 42. DCP digital. (MR)

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