Saturday, December 9, 2006

A Robert Altman classic

Short Cuts
Rating: 9.0

Remember when this first came out? I just rewatched it, and was reminded how good it is. Altman had a flair for creating seamless masterpieces. Short Cuts tells the stories of several different characters who lead separate lives, but cross paths at some point in the movie. There is pain. There is comedy. There is betrayal, disgust, amusement, revenge, a whole range of emotions are displayed in these characters lives. Some have more redeeming qualities then others. Some are not completely revealed until the end. Death is never far away. It hangs over the entire town. It all unfolds beautifully wrapped in a meandering jazz soundtrack. It's a lovely long cinematic wonder.

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