Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me

This profile of stage and screen veteran Elaine Stritch, shot during her 87th year, isn’t a documentary so much as an improvised star vehicle; she plays to the camera through the entire movie and puts on a hell of a show. The actress has spent so many years delivering eloquent dialogue (having appeared in notable productions by Noel Coward, Edward Albee, and Stephen Sondheim, among many others) that everything she says sounds rhythmic and witty. Much of the movie consists of Stritch receiving compliments on her illustrious career, and to her credit she makes even this entertaining. Chiemi Karasawa, a longtime script supervisor making her directorial debut, steps back and lets the star call the shots (in one scene Stritch even demands a retake).