The onscreen and personal lives of the infamous and legendary I Love Lucy couple, Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz will be explored up close and intimately in a new documentary that will be heading to Amazon Prime on March 4th. Before the platform’s launch, the film will be shown at the 2022 Sundance Film Festival on January 22.
It is well-known that the pair fought CBS to get their show on the air mostly due to the fact Lucy and Desi were an interracial couple and the belief audiences won’t accept it. Thanks to Lucille’s persistence and a successful vaudeville act to prove that they can be comedic, however, CBS greenlit I Love Lucy.
The doc, titled, Lucy and Desi, will be directed by comedienne, Amy Poehler. It will feature a lineup of talent interviews, including Desi and Lucille’s children, Desi Arnaz Jr., and Luci Arnaz-Luckinbill. Others in the lineup include singer Bette Midler, comic legend Carol Burnett, Gregg Oppenheimer (son of I Love Lucy head writer Jess Oppenheimer), and tv producer Norman Lear.
In December, Amazon released the biopic drama, Being the Ricardos starring Nicole Kidman and Javier Bardem, and offered ‘fictionalized’ glimpses of behind the scenes of I Love Lucy as well as facing personal conflicts.
Amazon released the official poster for Lucy and Desi recently, shoeing a vivid highlight of Desi in his WWII uniform, for which he served the United States in the Army.
Along with the poster, Amazon released the synopsis for the documentary.
“Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz 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. Lucy 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 show, she insisted that her real-life spouse, Desi, be cast as her husband. Defying the odds, they reinvented the medium, on screen and behind the cameras.”
Select episodes of I Love Lucy can now be streamed and enjoyed on Paramount+.