The Search for Signs of Intelligent Life in the Universe

The Search for Signs of Intelligent Life in the Universe

Lily Tomlin
Director: John Bailey Cast: Lily Tomlin
John Bailey


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This filmed version of Lily Tomlin's successful one-woman performance piece is sometimes classified as a "documentary." However, it is one hundred percent from the show and contains nothing but that show, so it could also be classified simply as a comedy/satire. In any case, it features classic characters limned by this versatile performer, whose uncanny sketches predated those by Whoopi Goldberg, Tracy Ullman or Sandra Bernhard -- all of whom walk in her footsteps. One of the repeating themes of the show is the avuncular advice of a delightfully addled bag lady who offers her services to help non-Earth aliens understand what they are seeing on this planet. All the skits tie together under the general theme of making fun of high-toned New Age rhetoric, which is a system of beliefs that proves inadequate to address the fundamental woes of everyday life.

Product Details

Release Date: 11/08/2005
UPC: 0801291118326
Original Release: 1991
Rating: PG-13
Time: 2:00:00
Sales rank: 35,386

Special Features

Hilarious outtakes; Conversations with Lily and Jane; Writer's and Actor's notes; Archival footage and more!; DVD #1: 1. The Movie 120 min.; DVD #2: 1. The Goosebump Experience 5 min. 2. Magic Minimalism ; 3. Biographies: Lily Tomlin, Jane Wagner, Conversation-Lily & Jane at M.I.T. 4. Cast of Characters: Trudy, Agnus Angst, Chrissy, Kate, Paul, Lud & Marie, The Prostitutes: Tina & Brandy, The Feminists: Lyn, Edie & Marge 5. Outtakes ; 6. Ode to The Search

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