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A Hollywood studio executive is being sent death threats by a writer whose script he rejected - but which one?
Heavily cynical, frequently funny and strangely thrilling, Robert Altman's biting satire on Hollywood and film industry is one of the most provocative works of art ever filmed. Opening with an iconically long and honorable shot and closing with one of the most memorable and cynical endings I've ever seen, The Player is one of the weirdest, yet bravest and most intelligent American comedies ever created—it's one that doesn't waste a minute with superfluous elements, even if it takes us two hours to understand the purpose of one or two apparently useless plot points.
Tim Robbins stars as Griffin Mill, a Hollywood studio executive who is being threatened with death by one of the screenwriters whose script he rejected. Wrapped in…
The Player is a very enjoyable watch and it's nice seeing Robert Altman turning the spotlight on Hollywood and the intricacies of show business. The movie works very well as a satire of the film making industry, showing how savage and tasteless the process can get. The several cameos were fun to see and while the story might not be very compelling, it’s certainly ingenious and very entertaining. The final moments are terrific as they reinforce how shallow and predictable Hollywood usually is, but totally contrast with the way things turn out for the main character Griffin at the same time.
What is so brilliant about The Player is the way the story is set and displays the mythos of Hollywood while critiquing the business side of the film industry and hiding its own story in Hollywood conventions. On first glance you could take this picture as stated in the synopsis as a Hitchcockian murder mystery with a bunch of Hollywood insider jokes. And while that is true and you would certainly have to be a film connoisseur of sorts in order to understand some of these tidbits; the beauty in layers goes much more beyond than just that.
Almost like a painting on canvas with the murder and love story on the foreground it is in the background that cannot…
The Player is a Hollywood satire which, as all great satire does, looks less like satire today than it did when it was made.
Tim Robbins plays Griffin Mill, a big studio producer worried about being pushed out of the business by younger talent. He's been receiving death threats via postcards from a writer he snubbed at some indeterminate point in his career. When he thinks he's found a lead, he goes out to investigate and ends up killing a writer. He is forced to cover up his crime while maintaining his position at the studio and juggling his budding romance with—of all people—his victim's widow.
And for the most part, Griffin Mill is a pretty sympathetic guy. We all…
Haven't seen this since I was kinda a kid, and nowhere close to being able to fully appreciate all the little details and references, and shots even.
I especially loved how Altman uses Hollywood as a sort of narrative, as in the choice of posters for instance. Altman aims for the balls, sure, but he makes sure they're cuddled first.
Lovely sarcasm, and the ending is just right.
Takes down the movie biz smartly without being weighed down by heavy resentment or pettiness.
Casually digestible Altman- caustically cynical yet breezily funny.
A clever and scabrous satire on Hollywood from director Robert Altman.
A part of Martin Scorseses Film School
The Player is basically Robert Altman giving a solid 'fuck you' to all the producers and big wigs he's ever worked with. But not like an in-your-face obvious 'fuck you.' More like an i'm going to sit here and talk to you but flip you off under the table kind of 'fuck you.'
This is after all a film maker more adept at handling subtlety than perhaps we have ever seen. Robert Altman has so much to say about the Hollywood machine and greed in general but its done in such a classy and tasteful way that his message becomes passive, almost subconscious.
In a nutshell the film is about a savy…
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For the most part, none of the satire in The Player is all that groundbreaking, the requisite targets hit pretty easily by a director who both knows the industry and knows what audiences know about the industry, proceeding to take self-righteous pot-shots at said (admittedly distasteful) industry in a way that is still palatable for a broad viewership. That said, he communicates this satire in ways that, as bizarre as it sounds, are pretty cute; he often cuts away to posters for movies with titles indicative of what's going on in any given scene, and regularly employs stereotypical directorial flourishes for comedic effect (one particularly hilarious one involves a photograph of Hitchcock and some camerawork reminiscent of his own style).…
The Player starts off with a fantastic eight minute long tracking shot before diving right into a great satirical insight into Hollywood and the movie studios.
So many famous faces show up throughout the film, some playing nothing more than muted background characters in a scene. Despite being a bit slow in some areas, this is a funny look into the world of developing movies.
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Great, great satire about movies, Hollywood and the business that has consumed and taken over in large part the art of true cinema. I loved that Robert Altman was able to contain his anger and in a very on the nose and often funny way still get across all of angst that must derive from being a part of such an insipid and poisonous environment. It's also one of the most meta films you're likely to see in your lifetime.
I do thinks that films have been largely commercialized and a lot of the artistry has been striped, this has been a burden to cinema for a long, long time now. It is a…
A delightful, intelligent satire about an irredeemable asshole. Wish they'd showed us this movie on the first day of film school.
I have tried so hard to be a fan of Robert Altman's work, but usually with very little success. But this was another story. It was sharp and biting, it was the best kind of satire. Also possibly the best I have ever seen Whoopie Goldberg? Anyway. It was fantastic.
Easier to classify by the type of Tinseltown movie it isn’t. Not the vicious melodrama, not the self-promotional fantasy, not the extremely meta movie-bleeding-into-movie scenario (it doesn’t care for the clever precision of something like Adaptation or Seven Psychopaths) because the meta stuff comes and goes and most of it is resolved in the coda. Instead it’s just firmly ambivalent about Hollywood, sometimes taking the side of the executive (you get the sense that Robbins’s speech about the difficulty of saying “Yes” 12 out of 50,000 pitches is genuinely sympathetic) and sometimes it’s debatable whether a dig is even a dig (e.g. Altman loves his actors and they are often movie stars; Gallagher’s suggestion about eliminating the writer entirely -…
Every film that has ever been nominated for an Academy Award in any category. Enjoy!
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