Gilda Radner was one of the people that made Saturday Night Live a great comedy series during the first five years. She had the amazing ability to go from a goofy kid to an annoying old lady with only a brief commercial interruption. She was able not get eclipsed by John Belushi or Bill Murray on the show. Now her lifestory is covered in the documentary Love, Gilda. The movie charts her rise to the top of comedy and her battle against cancer. The film is coming to digital and DVD on January 1, 2019. Here’s the press release from Magnolia Pictures:
OPENING NIGHT FILM OF
THE 2018 TRIBECA FILM FESTIVAL
AND CERTIFIED FRESH ON ROTTEN TOMATOES
An Intimate Look at the Life & Career of Beloved Comedienne Gilda Radner,
the Unforgettable Documentary Arrives on DVD and Digital HD
on January 1 From Magnolia Home Entertainment
“A stirring valentine of a documentary.”
– Los Angeles Times
“…the sorely-missed Radner feels alive again. A wonderfully intimate,
rich and layered portrait.”
– Entertainment Weekly
“A heartfelt love letter. A very affectionate reminder of her brief and brilliant career.”
– The New York Times
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
Tags: Gilda Radner, Love Gilda