The Player

ROBERT ALTMAN

Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1992, , .  Screenplay by , based on his novel.  Cinematography by .  Produced by , Michael Tolkin, .  Music by .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by , .  Academy Awards 1992.  Cannes Film Festival 1992Golden Globe Awards 1992.  

Robert Altman’s most popular film in years pokes extremely good fun at the immoral nature of moviemaking.  is brilliant as a soulless studio executive who, between rounds of turning down script pitches from oddball writers, is being harassed by violently-worded messages being sent to him by a scribe whose career he apparently ruined. He tries to seek the culprit out, and in doing so takes us into the labyrinthine world of Hollywood, where movie stars lurk around every corner (the number of celebrity cameos is enormous) and life truly imitates art.  is excellent as his ice queen lover, while is hilarious as a police inspector who suspects Robbins of a heinous crime. Michael Tolkin has adapted his novel to the screen with plenty of wit, humour and intelligence, though the movie will have too negative a tone for some.

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