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Magnolia Pictures released the first official trailer for Love, Gilda on Thursday (July 26).
The documentary tells the life story of Saturday Night Live star Gilda Radner. Director Lisa D’Apolito worked with the Radner estate to find personal diaries, audio recordings and videotapes that document the comedian’s childhood, career and relationships as well as her battles with an eating disorder and cancer. The film opened at the Tribeca Film Festival.
Love, Gilda includes appearances by Chevy Chase, Bill Hader, Melissa McCarthy, Lorne Michaels, Amy Poehler, Michael Radner, Maya Rudolph, Stephen Schwartz, Paul Shaffer, Martin Short, Cecily Strong and more.
The trailer opens with Radner introducing herself and instructing an audience to applaud at a live taping.
Poehler, Hader and McCarthy appear overwhelmed as they read her personal diary entries. “This is Gilda Radner. Her voice and her writing,” explains Poehler.
Some of Radner’s career highlights are shared, including that she was the first person cast on SNL and clips of her famous role as Roseanne Roseannadanna. “From the time I was a kid, I loved to pretend,” an audio recording of Radner states over a photo from her childhood.
“I can’t imagine how I got famous. I just took the next job and millions of people were watching me do it,” Rudolph reads out of the diary as clips of Radner on SNL are shown.
The trailer explains Radner’s impact as the first female comedian to pave the way for women in the field, though it also previews some of her personal battles with an eating disorder and cancer. It’s also shared that her marriage to Gene Wilder served as a bright light in her life.
“The comedian that does all this stupid stuff gets the most unfunny thing in the world,” says a voiceover as the clips onscreen cut from Radner joyfully hula hooping to walking with an IV.
“People want to know, ‘Well, what made you funny?’ And I know what made me funny,” a voiceover states as home videos and clips of Radner performing for enthusiastic crowds are shown. “My biggest motivation has always been love.”
Love, Gilda will be released in theaters on Sept. 21.
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