She was the very first performer chosen for the cast of Saturday Night Live. She blew down doors for female comedians on television and entered into a fairy tale romance with Gene Wilder. The new film Love, Gilda joins Won’t You Be My Neighbor? as one of the year’s most intimate portraits of someone we all knew but didn’t really know.
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, director Lisa 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.
Featuring appearances by Andrew Alexander, Anne Beatts, Chevy Chase, Bill Hader, Janis Hirsch, Judy Levy, Melissa McCarthy, Lorne Michaels, Laraine Newman, Marcus O’Hara, Amy Poehler, Michael Radner, Maya Rudolph, Stephen Schwartz, Paul Shaffer, Martin Short, Rosie Shuster, Cecily Strong, Jordan Walker-Perlman, Pam Zakheim, Alan Zweibel.
Love, Gilda is directed by Lisa D’Apolito, and produced by Bronwyn Berry, Meryl Goldsmith, and James Tumminia.
Magnolia Pictures and CNN Films will release Love, Gilda in theaters September 21, 2018. Here is the trailer.