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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…
It's nice to see a film that plays with the usual Hollywood tropes yet at the same time expose something rather truthful about the way the system works, and suddenly the in-joke being presented hits you. Robert Altman, a director who always was searching for a manner to go against the norms amidst the studio influence gives a clear picture of what harm it does to the most valuable thing behind what forms what we come to view; the visions. Amazingly, The Player chooses never to head into the territory where it would highly offend anyone working within the business, but there's a uniqueness to the satire we're finding here that just allows it to stand out from other films…
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…
Robert Altman is a master that I just haven’t seen enough of; only a handful of his prodigious catalogue. Even with these few films, the one thing that I’ve been able to deduce that puts him in the lofty club auteur is that you can tell it’s an Altman film, but the film you’re watching bears no or little resemblance to others in his oeuvre.
I was introduced to Altman with Brewster McCloud by a friend who took me to see it at a rep theatre when I was a teen. It was completely new and refreshing, and really an intro class on how you could pull off sarcastic sociological commentary with the most bizarre of premises.
Then came California…
AKA Hollywood Sucks: The Motion Picture.
The Player is well acted, but everything in it is was so lifeless and boring from the plot to the characters. The film is not only immensely dull, but it also has a very confused identity to it as it never really knows what it wants to be and what genre it belongs to. It is never a great Hollywood satire film that it was supposed to be and it is one of the weakest films from one of the weakest years for film.
This movie opens with a long shot of 8 minutes while we follow several people, of which two discuss the greatest openings shots in cinematic history. That's The Player, it criticizes itself, the movie industry, other movies, cinematic history and also you, dear audience. It's right in your face and shows you how you get fooled without even knowing.
Every time you think you know where the story is going, it slips through your fingers by putting your knowledge of film upside down and uses it against you. Masterly.
This was my first Altman, and I'm definitely going to watch more.
I guess I just don't like satire?
The tone required to pull this off has to go deep into exaggeration in order to make its point. It's the most correct ending, but I just can't connect with or even be really struck by it. The meta filmmaking is only impressive because we are all aware that Robert Altman's career existed outside of the studio system.
Parts of the film felt close to de Palma rather than Hitchcock. The scene that sticks out the most is the phone call with the painter woman. What is Griffin going to do? How long is he going to talk to her for? The suspense of it is so linked to perversion, which is what the films he makes end up being. They sell out to suit everyone's needs.
(That's about where the de Palma comparison stops because Altman doesn't even come close to employing his kind of visual mastery or swells of emotion).
Another grand slam from Robert Altman. He was really one of the best American directors to come out of the 70's Golden Age. This movie has a who's who of 90's era stars in it and one of the greatest opening shots in cinema history; one long continuous take that includes characters talking about great opening shots in cinema history. Really brilliant stuff here.
Apparently I'm just not a big Robert Altman fan.
Robert Altman's The Player is as unique a film as any. You've truly never seen anything quite like this. If you consider yourself a credible fan of the film industry, you really ought to say you've seen this one. The story is a witty satire of the Hollywood movie-making machine and the people who run it, wrapped up in a presentable mystery/thriller that almost seems good enough to stand on its own, and presented by the truly outstanding work of director, Robert Altman. Again, I can't say enough just how original this film is. Really, just see it.
Help me out with this one guys.
"It's Mission Impossible!" is the true peak of cinéma.