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MOON OVER PARADOR
1988, Universal, 103 min, USA, Dir: Paul Mazursky

When a South American dictator dies, an actor with a strong resemblance to him is hired to take his place. The actor (a brilliant Richard Dreyfuss) isn't crazy about the gig, but when he gets a taste of power - and a look at the dictator's hot companion - he suddenly changes his tune. Raul Julia and Jonathan Winters provide support (with cameos from Dick Cavett, Sammy Davis Jr., and Charo!) in this typically hilarious piece of humanist satire from director Paul Mazursky.


BANANAS
1971, Park Circus/MGM, 82 min, USA, Dir: Woody Allen

In hopes of impressing a girl (Louise Lasser) passionate for political activism, heartbroken Fielding Mellish (Woody Allen) travels to the minuscule Latin American nation of San Marcos, where he gets involved with the rebel movement and ultimately becomes the country's president.


THE PLAYER
1992, Warner Bros., 124 min, USA, Dir: Robert Altman

Director Robert Altman and writer Michael Tolkin mercilessly rip apart the self-important execs at major movie studios who study demographics, have story conferences, listen to writers’ absurd pitches and basically create grist for the mill, and they conjure a spot-on satire in the process. Tim Robbins’ appropriately-named character Griffin Mill is the kind of lowest-common-denominator advocate of whom it could be said, "If he ever had an original thought it would die of loneliness." After accidentally killing a writer who has been harassing him, Mill tries to cover his tracks but becomes mesmerized by the dead scribe’s girlfriend (Greta Scacchi). Simultaneously badgered at work by another exec, Larry Levy (Peter Gallagher) who is after his job, Mill gradually, hilariously unravels. With Whoopi Goldberg, Lyle Lovett, Fred Ward, Vincent D’Onofrio.


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