Short Cuts(Robert Altman) 1993 **** 3/20/2016

There’s a heavy feeling of expectation at the beginning of every Altman movie, and he creates it in this one with a contingent of planes spraying pesticides over a medfly infested city.  The planes weave and turn, as do the many interlocking stories in this picture.  There’s a great jazz score that propels along the life of everyone.  There’s no room!  Jack Lemmon’s great.  Jennifer Jason Leigh too.  Dead bodies on fishing trips and little kids hit by cars.  The whole thing makes one want to create a life.  Altman created many here, as did the actors.  His roving camera and perfect zooms and window reflections make it art.

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