Short Cuts

ROBERT ALTMAN

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 1994Golden Globe Awards 1994.  

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.  stands out as a painter living with a sexually repressed husband (), whose sister (an excellent ) is having marital troubles with her cop husband (), who is himself having an affair with . Other players include  and  as a couple,  and  as an estranged mother and daughter, and a brilliant  as an apple-pie housewife to 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.

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