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Love, Gilda

This is a documentary of the life of Gilda Radner, one of the original Saturday Night Live comedy crew and who died young from ovarian cancer. The film uses a lot of archival footage of home movies to show her growing up in Detroit and footage from several of her best Saturday Night Live moments. The film also examines some of her demons, including her struggling with an eating disorder. I really liked the movie; her story deserves to be told for a younger generation that may not understand how groundbreaking her work was. Several more contemporary SNL comedians, including Bill Hader and Melissa McCarthy, among others, are featured as well (although I did not totally understand their role in the film, except that they periodically read sections of Radner’s journals). Thumbs up for a film that is rather “vanilla” as a documentary but that tells a wonderful story of a great performer.

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