Right on the heels of the release of the award-nominated movie Being the Riccardos, about the life of Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz, Amazon Studios is releasing the documentary Lucy and Desi. Directed by Amy Poehler, this new film will probably offer a different look into the life of this famous couple with rarely seen photos and recordings. Where the dramatization failed to capture the fun of this couple, this documentary if bound to do a better job while also sharing the couple’s struggles.
In the film, Poehler explores the unlikely partnership and enduring legacy of one of the most prolific power couples in entertainment history. They 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.
Lucy and Desi will premiere March 4 exclusively on Prime Video.
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