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Short Cuts (1993) /  Color-Sonics CS-2007

Short Cuts (1993)
June 7, 2014 - 7:30 pm
Frank Barhydt.

Short Cuts (1993)

“Exploding Raymond Carver’s spare stories and minimally drawn characters onto the screen with startling imagination, Robert Altman has made his most complex and full-bodied human comedy since 'Nashville'” –

Directed by Robert Altman.

Director Robert Altman’s elliptical narrative tendencies and his unsentimental treatment of characters found a felicitous pairing with the short stories of Raymond Carver, which form the basis of this film.  A number of disconnected Angelenos deal with entropy in their lives, careers, marriages and affairs, in a seemingly cheery Los Angeles of swimming pools and nightclubs.  The ultimately elegiac film portends later work by director Paul Thomas Anderson, among others.

Producer: Cary Brokaw. Screenwriter: Robert Altman, Frank Barhydt. Cinematographer: Walt Lloyd. Editor: Suzy Elmiger. Cast: Andie MacDowell, Bruce Davison, Jack Lemmon, Robert Downey, Jr., Julianne Moore.

35mm, color, 184 min.

Preceded by:

Color-Sonics CS-2007: "Speak Low"

Circa 1966

Burlesque star Lili St. Cyr relaxes, poolside.

Digibeta from 16mm, color, 4 min.