Gaynor's a Musical Comedy Classic
This compilation documentary, directed by David Stern and co-written by Annette Jolles and Jennifer Matson, is a tribute to Gaynor's talent, grace and humor. Leading showbiz colleagues -- including critic Rex Reed, costumer Bob Mackie, actors Carl Reiner, Kristen Chenoweth, Kelli O'Hara and dancers Alton Ruigg and Randy Doney -- speak about Gaynor's extraordinary career arc in the most glowing terms, mentioning not only her showmanship, dedication and sense of fun, but also her tremendous respect and consideration for everyone working with her. Gaynor, we see, is a class act in every way.
The best and most entertaining segments of the documentary are, however, the outtakes from Gaynor's TV specials, and they are riveting. Sets and costumes are gorgeously extravagant, and Gaynor's performances are superb. In one, a hilarious satire of one of Doris Day's performances, Gaynor deftly changes costumes six or seven times, and each outfit is more adorably ridiculous than the last. Gaynor also does impressively accurate impersonations of Rita Hayworth and other Hollywood stars. No question about it, Gaynor does it all, and she does it all brilliantly.
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- Release Date: November 18, 2008
- Running Time: 58 mins.
- Parents Advisory: Parents Guide: Content advisory for parents
- Country: USA
- Language: English
- Distribution: City Lights Pictures