GIANT PICTURES in association with ELLA BEAN PRODUCTIONS
Rating: 5 / 5
OLYMPIA will will be available on Apple TV and Digital | ON Demand starting March 23, 2021.
It’s always interesting to see a documentary try to cover an artist’s life when that life has been as rich as Olympia Dukakis’ has. For decades now, she has been giving everything she has to the acting world. On stage, on screen, in the classroom, Olympia has really done it all.
The film shows incredibly candid moments from throughout her life. Her humble beginnings, her rebellious nature as a child, and her spirit that propelled her to start her own theatre company after college.
The roadblocks she faced as being considered too ethnic by casting directors when they hadn’t even met her, only going by her name. Yet, she persevered and continued to fight the good fight.
The anecdotes and scenes with her friends, former students, and family are really enlightening. When a group of people basically say the same things about a person, there’s most likely a lot of truth to them. And in this case the comments were not only positive but really spoke about Olympia as a person and as a professional.
She pioneered roles from diverse populations, particularly when they weren’t common, and most definitely not considered a “good” career move. She stuck to her guns for the love of the craft and her own personal values. Olympia helped pave the way for much of the diversity and equity we have available today in the theatre, television, and film industries.
“Olympia” made me want to watch all of her plays and every piece of television and film she has been a part of over the years. If only I had that kind of time in my schedule for the next few, oh, decades. What an incredible artist.
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