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Paramus Winter 2014 Series ReCap:
2/10 - Elaine Stritch Shoot Me
"Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me" is a ferocious, funny and poignant portrait of the one-of-a-kind Broadway legend as she reaches her 87th year.
At 87, Broadway legend ELAINE STRITCH remains indisputably in the spotlight. In the revealing and poignant ELAINE STRITCH: SHOOT ME, the uncompromising Tony and Emmy Award-winner is showcased both on and off stage via rare archival footage and intimate cinema vérité. By turns bold, hilarious and moving, the film’s journey connects Stritch’s present to her past, and an inspiring portrait of a one-of-a-kind survivor emerges.
In stolen moments from her corner room at New York’s Carlyle Hotel and on breaks from her tour and work, candid reflections about her life are punctuated with photographs from her personal collection and words from friends (including Hal Prince, George C. Wolfe, Nathan Lane, Cherry Jones, Tina Fey, James Gandolfini and John Turturro). Whether dominating the stage, tormenting Alec Baldwin on the set of “30 Rock,” or sharing her personal takes on her struggles with aging, diabetes and alcoholism, ELAINE STRITCH: SHOOT ME reaches beyond the icon’s brassy exterior and reveals a multi-dimensional portrait of a complex woman and artist.
ELAINE STRITCH: SHOOT ME marks the directorial debut of acclaimed documentary producer Chiemi Karasawa.
George C. Wolfe
Host: Peter Travers
Guest Director: Chiemi Karasawa
2/3 – THE GERMAN DOCTOR
Based on Lucía Puenzo's fifth novel, translated to over fifteen languages, the story follows Josef Mengele, the "Angel of Death," a German SS officer and a physician at the Auschwitz concentration camp, in the years he spent "hiding" in South America following his escape from Germany. Mengele was considered to be one of WWII's most heinous Nazi war criminals. It is widely speculated that Mengele continued his human experimentation after he fled from Germany, including during his years in South America. Puenzo's thriller follows an Argentinian family who befriend and entrust their young daughter to his care, not knowing that they are harboring one of the most dangerous criminals in the world. At the same time, Israeli agents are desperately looking to bring The German Doctor to justice. (c) Samuel Goldwyn
Based on: Wakolda by Lucía Puenzo
Host: Godfrey Cheshire
Guest: Director Lucía Puenzo
1/27 - LE CHEF
Jacky, a self-trained cook with haute-cuisine ambitions, gets canned from a series of menial cooking jobs. His pregnant girlfriend Beatrice tries to halt their financial meltdown by arranging a handyman position for him at an old folks home, but he can't resist the siren call of the kitchen. Meanwhile, Alexandre, chef of the three-star establishment Cargo Lagarde, faces a crisis of a different sort. Stanislaw, the son of his retired business partner, wants him to cut costs and introduce molecular gastronomy.
Directed By: Daniel Cohen
Written By: Daniel Cohen
Host - Alison Bailes
Guest - Star Michaël Youn
1/20 - Girl On A Bicycle
Paolo (Vincenzo Amato), an Italian who drives a Paris tour bus, has just proposed to his true love, the German stewardess, Greta (Nora Tschirner), when the young French beauty, Cécile (Louise Monot) pulls up beside his bus on her bicycle - and, in short order, Paolo, following some very bad advice from his friend, Derek (Paddy Considine), finds himself with a German fiancée, a French "wife", two Australian children who call him "Papa", and his life upside-down. (c) Monterey Media