Short Cuts (1993)


Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB

USA, 1993Fine Line Features, , .  Screenplay by Robert Altman, , based on the writings of .  Cinematography by .  Produced by .  Music by .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by , .  Academy Awards 1993Golden Globe Awards 1993

This three-hour masterpiece adapts a number of Raymond Carver stories and blends them into one seamless epic. The stories concern a group of individuals living in California and the many challenges that they face in their lives. Julianne Moore stands out as a painter living with a sexually repressed husband (), whose sister (an excellent ) is having marital troubles with her cop husband (Tim Robbins), who is himself having an affair with Frances McDormand. Other players include  and Robert Downey Jr. as a couple,  and  as an estranged mother and daughter, and a brilliant  as an apple-pie housewife to Bruce Davison whose life is ruined by tragedy. All the characters have connections and overlaps throughout the entire piece, brilliantly forming one great whole under Altman’s careful eye.

The Criterion Collection:  #265

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