Wednesday, January 08, 2014

The Player: Part Two

Movie posters in Robert Altman's The Player (1992).

Effectively a seamless melding of murder/mystery, neo-noir and biting satire of the movie biz, Altman's late-masterpiece is really an affectionate homage to the works of: Alfred Hitchcock, Billy Wilder, Otto Preminger, Josef von Sternberg, Michael Curtiz, Henry Hathaway, William Castle, Joseph Losey and Stanley Kubrick (among others) whose posters adorn the walls in nearly every scene. Who can forget the opening long take sequence invoking Orson Welles' legendary tracking shot from Touch of Evil (1958)...that Fred Ward's character repeatedly reminds us of?

Hollywood Story (1951); Laura (1944); The Blue Angel/L'Ange bleu (1930); Prison Shadows (1936); Prison Break (1938); Murder in the Big House (1942); King Kong (1933); M (1951); Casablanca (1942); Red-Headed Woman (1932); Niagara (1953); Lolita (1962)

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