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Kansas City (1996)  /  Robert Altman's Jazz '34 (1997)

Kansas City (1996)
June 1, 2014 - 7:00 pm
Kathryn Altman, Dermot Mulroney.

Kansas City (1996)

Directed by
Robert Altman.

In crime-ridden, jazz crazy Kansas City of the 1930s, telegraph operator Blondie (Jennifer Jason Leigh) kidnaps the wife of a prominent political advisor to negotiate the return of her own kidnapped husband, held by gangster “Seldom Seen.”  High-pressure negotiations play out against a background of a furiously lived nightlife, loosely drawn from director Robert Altman’s own childhood memories and local Kansas City lore.

 Sandcastle 5 Productions. Producer: Robert Altman. Screenwriter: Robert Altman, Frank Barhydt. Cinematographer: Oliver Stapleton. Editor: Geraldine Peroni. Cast: Jennifer Jason Leigh, Miranda Richardson, Harry Belafonte, Dermot Mulroney.

35mm, color, 115 min.

Robert Altman's Jazz '34 (1997)

“Foot-tappingly sublime, drenched in vintage atmosphere.” –

Directed by Robert Altman.

A group of top-flight musicians re-create the sounds of Kansas City’s heady jazz scene of the 1930s, including a historic recreation of the “battle of the saxes” between Coleman Hawkins and Lester Young. 

Screenwriter: Robert Altman. Cast: James Carter, Craig Handy, David Murray, Russell Malone, Harry Belafonte (narrator).

35mm, color, 72 min.