This film image released by the Sundance Selects shows Elaine Stritch in a scene from "Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me." (AP Photo/Sundance Selects)
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For a documentary subject as forceful as Elaine Stritch, filmmakers may need to turn to nature -- a typhoon might do it -- to find anything approximate.Stritch, who has long eschewed pants of any sort, has the kind of ferocious voice that old age can't quiet.After seven decades performing in New York -- on Broadway, in countless cabaret nights at the Cafe Carlyle -- Stritch's enormous energy has been knocked by the increasing years, diabetes, and surgeries on her hip and eyes.Stritch is a paragon of old-fashioned show business: A brassy and blunt survivor of New York theater life.The question of how taxing it is to work with Stritch is unavoidable.Stritch is worth it not just because of her talent, but for her inspiring perseverance.
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