Short Cuts

Robert Altman, USA 1993, 187’
The Player Kansas City

The script traces the intertwined stories of 22 Angelinos in a pessimistic diagnosis of an atomized society in which people indulge in falsehood, hypocrisy and indifference. Altman brings together characters, which had not previously met, to create a mosaic structure that highlights the role of chance.

Rafał Syska


Venice IFF 1993 - FIPRESCI Prize, Golden Lion, Pasinetti Award, Special Volpi Cup; Film Independent Spirit Awards 1994 - Best Feature, Director, Screenplay; Golden Globes, USA 1994 - Special Award

Robert Altman

Distinguished director, screenwriter and producer Robert Altman was born in 1925 and died in 2006 having made several dozen cinema and television films. The breakthrough in his career came with the anti-war satire MASH, in which he presented a community in typical Altman style that characterises his very best work – based on episodic narration and innovative montage of image and sound. Altman often uses irony to show how society’s traditional roles, social conventions and cultural myths condition people.

Selected filmography

1970 MASH

1975 Nashville

1977 Trzy kobiety / 3 Women

1992 Gracz / The Player

1993 Na skróty / Short Cuts

2001 Gosford Park

Cast & Crew

director Robert Altman
screenplay Robert Altman, Frank Barhydt Jr. (based on a book by Raymond Carver)
cinematography Walt Lloyd
editing Geraldine Peroni, Suzy Elmiger
music Mark Isham
cast Andie MacDowell, Bruce Davison, Julianne Moore, Matthew Modine, Anne Archer, Fred Ward, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Chris Penn, Lili Taylor, Robert Downey Jr., Madeleine Stowe, Tim Robbins, Lily Tomlin, Tom Waits, Frances McDormand, Peter Gallagher, Annie Ross, Lori Singer, Lyle Lovett, Jack Lemmon, Buck Henry, Zane Cassidy, Jarrett Lennon
producer Cary Brokaw
production Fine Line Features, Spelling Films International, Avenue Pictures
sales Cary Brokaw
language English
coloration colour
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