Lily Tomlin: The Search for Signs of Intelligent Life in the Universe
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Lily Tomlin, one of America's foremost comediennes, continues to venture across an ever-widening range of media, starring in television, theater, motion pictures, animation, video, and personal appearances throughout the United States. During her extraordinary entertainment career, Tomlin has received numerous awards, including: six Emmys; a Tony for her one woman Broadway show, Appearing Nitely; a second Tony as Best Actress, Drama Desk Award and Outer Critics' Circle Award for her one woman performance in Jane Wagner's The Search for Signs of Intelligent Life in the Universe; a CableAce Award for Executive Producing the film adaptation of The Search; a Grammy for her comedy album, This is a Recording as well as nominations for her subsequent albums Modern Scream, And That's the Truth, and On Stage; a Best Supporting Actress Oscar nomination for Nashville, and two Peabody Awards--the first for the ABC television special, Edith Ann's Christmas: Just Say Nol and the second for narrating and executive producing the HBO film, The Celluloid Closet. The Search for Signs of Intelligent Life in the Universe is a kind of Gulliver's Travelogue on the latter half of the 20th Century.1 Serving as narrator is Trudy, a mad bag lady who has befriended aliens from outer space to take a look at ''a planet in puberty.'' Trudy treads her way through the rich tapestry of the dozen characters that populate the play. This is a compendium of pop history, a living anthropological exhibit. But it is also a chronicle of the human heart, trying to mend its bruises and ease its isappointments. Never before seen bonus features include hilarious outtakes, conversations with Lily and Jane, writer's and actor's notes, archival footage and more!
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Love ,love, love it even though I was not born when it was on Broadway I am glad that its on dvd I love the writing Ms. Jane Wagner needs to write more please and the performance is out of this world I love Lily Tomlin I hope we will get to read her entire life work someday in print
WOW! are YOU in for a treat!!! this shows the lennon/mccartneyism of tomlin/wagner...maybe make that taupin/johnism, since they were more dependent on each other...in any case, this is a decent rendition of the stagework, very successful(spelled 'popular') on the Great White Way for a number of years...
i'm not sure if it's just my copy or where i first started watching this dvd, but in the beginning of the work a lot of the monologue was lost to the ambient noise/sounds representing new yawk...it got better a bit further on in the movie, but...i haven't gone back and watched it on a different setup, which i'm hoping was to blame, rather than a flaw in the production of the dvd, itself...
in case you can't tell, i definitely recommend watching this when you get a chance...very entertaining...don't forget a pad cuz, believe me, you're gonna need to take notes...
cross cutting between Lily Tomlin on stage, without costumes or sets
(and oddly, also without an audience, but with over the top sound
effects) and her playing the same characters in costumes and on sets
(some naturalistic, some stylized).
For me it was a clunky and distracting approach.
However, the writing is so great and Tomlin's performance as her
different characters is so memorable, so funny and so touching, that
even a damaged version of this amazing one- woman show is better than
none, by a long shot.