Cookie's Fortune

Robert Altman, USA 1999, 118’
Ready to Wear (Prêt-à-Porter)

When the wealthy widow Cookie decides to take her own life, her niece Camille, wanting to hide the shame of suicide, simulates a murder. Unfortunately, everyone believes her, and she becomes the leading suspect. This is one of Altman's funniest films.

Rafał Syska


Berlin IFF 1999 - Prize of the Guild of German Art House Cinemas

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 Anne Rapp
cinematography Toyomichi Kurita
editing Abraham Lim
music David A. Stewart
cast Patricia Neal, Charles S. Dutton, Glenn Close, Julianne Moore, Liv Tyler, Chris O’Donnell, Ned Beatty
producer Robert Altman, Etchie Stroh
production October Films, Sandcastle 5 Productions, Elysian Dreams
sales Moonstone Entertainment
language English
coloration colour
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