Live from New York!
Saturday Night Live has been reflecting and influencing life in the United States for forty years. LIVE FROM NEW YORK! goes deep inside this television phenomenon exploring the laughter that pulses through American politics, tragedy, and pop culture.
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★★★★ review by Andrew Jupin on Letterboxd
The access that Bao Nguyen had to 8H, the offices, the archival material is all pretty staggering.
The film features interviews with people you expect, but several you don't. It spends a respectful amount of time covering that tireless damn stage crew and studio band which I thought was great, but could honestly watch a whole doc on separate from the cast stuff.
It's not a highlight reel of all the stuff everyone's always talking about, but rather a history of the show segmented into key areas of interest such as: the start of the show and that first cast, the time between Lorne's departure and quick return (The Really Bad Years), the role and treatment of women on the show, the diversity issue, the show's political voice, on and on and on.
No interview with Jim Belushi though; that had me scratching my head.
★★★★★ review by Lissa Khoshbakhti on Letterboxd
★★★★ review by Kyle Bailey on Letterboxd
This didn't come to a theater near me I had to watch it on the NBC broadcast so it wasn't coherent with commercial interruptions but it also made if feel like like one of their more normal SNL specials where they look back decade by decade. Still as an SNL fan, I love watching these get togethers that look back and it isn't bad by any means and will be informational to those that don't watch every single SNL special possible but to someone like me who has, it may seem like the same old same old.
★★★½ review by Corey Pierce on Letterboxd
★★★½ review by Robert Speewack on Letterboxd
I thought this was a very nice exploration of the cultural influence of Saturday Night Live and it did a good job of covering everything pretty succinctly.
It mainly focused on the straight-up history of the show, which was nice, but it generally just went year to year pretty shallow-ly. I was disappointed by the amount of cast members and writers returning for interviews - so generally I think I liked James Franco’s peek behind the curtain a little better, even though it was also pretty limited in scope.
Just to much toast to spread the butter of SNL over - stretched too thin for me in this one.
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