Produced by HBO, “Elaine Stritch at Liberty” is an intimate portrait of the Broadway legend both onstage and off. Shot during productions of her Tony award-winning, one-woman show staged in New York and London, the film includes intimate footage of Stritch rehearsing with her creative collaborators, writer John Lahr and director George C. Wolfe.
The Broadway stage production “Elaine Stritch at Liberty” traces a career that had enormous highs and lows—alcoholism, failed relationships and standing ovations. It is also the story of Broadway itself, full of hilarious, sometimes sad, tales about Stritch’s friends, stage and screen legends like Marlon Brando, Noel Coward, Ethel Merman, Stephen Sondheim, Rock Hudson, Richard Burton, Ben Gazzara and Vivien Leigh. The film weaves archival photos and footage of Elaine throughout her incredible career including her signature performance of Sondheim’s “The Ladies Who Lunch” captured by Pennebaker in his film of the original cast album recording of Company.
Also featuring Stritch’s vibrant performances of Broadway hit songs, “There’s No Business Like Show Business,” “Broadway Baby,” “Zip,” “Why Do the Wrong People Travel?” and “I’m Still Here.”
- By Nick Doob, Chris Hegedus, and D A Pennebaker 2004, 94 min., color