NASHVILLE
1975, Paramount, 159 min, USA, Dir: Robert Altman

One of Robert Altman’s greatest pictures is this sprawling, nearly-out-of-control mosaic of a movie, a loosely linked series of sagas following numerous colorful characters in Nashville on the occasion of a political convention and a music festival. Somehow, as if by magic (and aided by Joan Tewkesbury’s script), Altman pulls together all the seemingly disparate threads, making everything cohere in a funny, sad, poignant and exhilarating totality. The cast includes Karen Black, Ronee Blakely, Lily Tomlin, Shelley Duvall, Keith Carradine, Ned Beatty, Barbara Baxley, Gwen Welles, Henry Gibson, Robert Doqui, Allen Garfield and more Oscar-nominated for Best Picture, Best Director and Best Supporting Actresses (both Tomlin and Blakely). Carradine received an Oscar for Best Original Song, "I’m Easy."


FLIRTING WITH DISASTER
1996, Miramax, 92 min, USA, Dir: David O. Russell

Hoping to better understand his own upbringing, Ben Stiller piles his new baby, wife Patricia Arquette and adoption agency case worker Téa Leoni into a car and sets out on a cross-country odyssey in search of his birth parents, finding mistaken identity, misdirected advances and more along the way. Mary Tyler Moore, George Segal, Alan Alda and Lily Tomlin costar in this hilarious modern screwball. "FLIRTING thrusts you into a sexy, giddy maelstrom of confusion, mischance and misadventure that gets funnier and funnier as it goes along." - Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times


SHORT CUTS
1993, Warner Bros., 187 min, USA, Dir: Robert Altman

Working from short stories by Raymond Carver, director Robert Altman creates a funny, tragic and wholly original portrait of Southern Californians whose lives intersect in surprising ways. The cast is one of Altman's best: Matthew Modine, Julianne Moore, Buck Henry, Lily Tomlin, Tom Waits, Andie MacDowell, Jack Lemmon, Lili Taylor and Robert Downey Jr. are just a few of the stars in this masterpiece.


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