Carol Channing: Larger Than Life

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colour portrait Carol Channing
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Modern Tonic
July 7, 2011

The best documentaries are the ones that tell stories so extraordinary that you wouldn’t believe them if they were fiction. And Carol Channing: Larger than Life captures the outrageously fascinating life of one of Broadway’s greatest legends. Channing took to the stage in grammar school, where she performed dead-on impersonations of all her teachers, and never really left again. From her stage triumphs in “Gentlemen Prefer Blondes” and “Hello, Dolly!” to her late-in-life reunion with her high-school sweetheart, Channing’s life in the theater makes for one of the year’s most bubbly cinematic delights. Featuring rarely-seen clips plus testimonials from Chita Rivera, Barbara Walters, Bruce Vilanch, and her chorus of “Dolly boy” dancers, Larger than Life lives up to its titles.

Carol Channing: Larger Than Life screens at OutFest and Newfest this month.