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Lucy and Desi (2022)



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From director Amy Poehler, Lucy and Desi explores the unlikely partnership and enduring legacy of one of the most prolific power couples in entertainment history. Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz risked everything to be together. Their love for each other led to the most influential show in the history of television, I Love Lucy. Desi -- an immigrant from Cuba who lost everything in exile, became a band leader, and eventually a brilliant producer and technical pioneer. Lucille came from nothing and, with an unrivaled work ethic, built a career as a model, chorus girl and eventually as an actor in the studio system. She found her calling in comedy, first in radio. When Lucille was finally granted the opportunity to have her own television show, she insisted that her real-life spouse, Desi, be cast as her husband. Defying the odds, they re-invented the medium, on the screen and behind the cameras. The foundation of I Love Lucy was the constant rupture and repair of unconditional love. What Lucy and Desi couldn't make work with each other, they gave to the rest of the world. Lucy and Desi is an insightful and intimate peek behind the curtain of these two remarkable trailblazers -- featuring interviews with Lucie Arnaz Luckinbill, Norman Lear, Desi Arnaz Jr, Carol Burnett and Bette Midler.


Critic Reviews for Lucy and Desi

All Critics (18) | Top Critics (7)

Even after separating, they retained their love for each other, and maybe that's because they believed in the Ricardos too. Lucy and Desi is a captivating record of how they turned a sitcom into a national dream.

January 29, 2022 | Full Review…

There's a lot of material to cover here, some of it overly familiar, but Amy Poehler does it with pizzaz.

January 29, 2022 | Rating: B | Full Review…

A relatively routine bio-doc but with an intimate, personal touch from a female comedian who clearly admires its subjects.

January 26, 2022 | Full Review…

Anything that burnishes Ball's reputation is to be welcomed, and highlighting how Ball and Arnaz worked on and off the screen as Hollywood's first inter-racial couple only goes to illustrate how the struggles of today are the struggles of every day.

January 23, 2022 | Full Review…

Poehler's successful comedy career no doubt informs this exploration and her unique perspective benefits the material.

January 23, 2022 | Full Review…

Poehler brings a particularly powerful sense of connection and understanding to her debut documentary.

January 23, 2022 | Full Review…

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