One of the first women to take the comedic spotlight on “Saturday Night Live” was the iconic Gilda Radner. Radner took over “SNL” during its early seasons as one of the first performers selected for the show. Her influence among women comedians is huge, placing her a pantheon that may have only one other member, Lucille Ball. Radner remains among the most popular actresses to ever take the stage. Now, documentary filmmaker Lisa Dapolito is telling her life story with “Love, Gilda.”
The IMDb Synopsis is below:
In her own words, comedienne Gilda Radner looks back and reflects on her life and career. Weaving together recently discovered audiotapes, interviews with her friends, rare home movies and diaries read by modern-day comediennes (including Amy Poehler), “Love, Gilda” offers a unique window into the honest and whimsical world of a beloved performer whose greatest role was sharing her story.
To tell her story, Dapolito utilizes Radner’s diaries, home videos, and recordings. A superstar lineup of actors comes in to talk about Radner’s influence, including Amy Poehler, Maya Rudolph, Bill Hader, Melissa McCarthy, and Martin Short. The film premiered at the 2018 Tribeca Film Festival and made waves early. This year has been a landmark year for biographical documentaries, with “Won’t You Be My Neighbor,” “RBG,” and “Whitney” all making waves. Yet “Love, Gilda” has incredible subject matter and real support. It could easily make the shortlist and might find its way into the Oscar conversation.