Love, Gilda

Doctober Week!

Lisa Dapolito
Not Rated
Run Time: 
88 mins

In her own words, comedienne Gilda Radner reflects on her life and career. Weaving together her recently discovered audiotapes, interviews with friends (Chevy Chase, Lorne Michaels, Laraine Newman, Paul Shaffer and Martin Short), rare home movies and diaries read by modern-day comedians inspired by Gilda (Bill Hader, Amy Poehler, Maya Rudolph and Cecily Strong), LOVE, GILDA opens up a unique window into the honest and whimsical world of a beloved performer whose greatest role was sharing her story.

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 such now-classic comic characters 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 relationships and ultimately, her struggle with cancer. This never-before-seen footage and journal entries form the narrative spine of the documentary, allowing Gilda to tell her own story-- through the laughter and sometimes the tears. Incredibly, she was able to find humor in even the darkest of times. 

"It’s hard to imagine anyone who enjoyed Radner’s performances in their lifetime not finding much to love about 'Love, Gilda…' even as our hearts break a little at what might have been had she lived longer." - Original Sin

"'Love Gilda' is one of those documentaries that will make you laugh, touch your heart, and inspire to make the most of your life without fear." - Film Threat

"As a love letter to a talented and endearing soul, it's hard to fault 'Love, Gilda.' Like its subject, it feels remarkably honest and genuine." - Arizona Republic