Kansas City

After the extravagant failure of READY TO WEAR (PRET-A-PORTER), Robert Altman reaffirmed his status as a master storyteller with this atmospheric period piece set in his hometown -- Kansas City, MO -- during two days in 1934. Though Altman delivers several vibrant sequences in which contemporary musical talents wail away in the guise of jazz legends past,...read more

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After the extravagant failure of READY TO WEAR (PRET-A-PORTER), Robert Altman reaffirmed his status as a master storyteller with this atmospheric period piece set in his hometown -- Kansas City, MO -- during two days in 1934. Though Altman delivers several vibrant

sequences in which contemporary musical talents wail away in the guise of jazz legends past, the film's focus is the hopelessly misconceived kidnapping of a politician's wife (Miranda Richardson) by a petty gangster's moll (Jennifer Jason Leigh) desperate to free her husband from the clutches of a

ruthless racketeer (Harry Belafonte). The three leads offer richly nuanced performances, and Altman and co-screenwriter Frank Barhydt (his SHORT CUTS collaborator) expertly weave such disparate elements as jazz, political corruption, racial tension, marital discord and rabid movie fandom into a

mix both challenging and eminently entertaining.

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