The Outrageous Sophie Tucker
96 mins/ english
director — William Gazecki
“What the hell! I am what I am. And if the man I’m with can’t handle me, you better believe I’ll find one who can.”
Before Mae West, Bette Midler, Madonna and Lady Gaga, Sophie Tucker enchanted her audiences with her bold, bawdy and brassy style. This documentary covers the early days of this iconic vaudeville superstar’s career as she ruled 1920s flapper culture in the US. The film uses Tucker’s 400-plus recently discovered personal scrapbooks to retrace her 60-year show-biz career, including a 1962 tour to Australia. Nicknamed “The Last of the Red Hot Mamas”, Tucker was born to an orthodox Jewish family. Always pushing the boundaries, her blues-infused songs, sexual innuendo, infectious charisma and irreverent humour catapulted her to stardom. She was responsible for signature tunes such as Some of These Days and My Yiddishe Mama. This loving portrait of the entertainer is fun, sassy and uplifting.