LOVE, GILDA is a wonderful and lovely documentary about comedic trailblazer Gilda Radner and her enduring cultural impact. Directed by Lisa D’Apolito, the documentary works as touching tribute that features interview with those closest to her, including: her brother Michael Radner and Saturday Night Live alumni Chevy Chase, Lorne Michaels, Alan Zweibel, Laraine Newman and Martin Short, Gilda’s writings are read by modern day comedians inspired by her including Amy Poehler, Maya Rudolph, Cecily Strong, and Bill Hader. LOVE, GILDA opens on September 21!
I had the opportunity to sit down with the talented director. We spoke about Gilda, how she came about to the recordings, the challenges to put this film together, and more. Check it the audio below with the full interview:
About the film
LOVE, GILDA opens a unique window into the honest and whimsical world of beloved performer Gilda Radner, whose greatest role was sharing her story. 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 struggles with cancer. These never-before-seen-or-heard footage and journal entries form the narrative spine of the documentary, allowing Gilda to tell her own story – through laughter and sometimes tears.