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PRÊT-À-PORTER (READY TO WEAR) (15)     
D: Robert Altman
Buena Vista/Miramax (Robert Altman)
US 1994
133 mins
 
Comedy
 
W: Robert Altman & Barbara Shulgasser
DP: Pierre Mignot & Jean Lepine
Ed: Geraldine Peroni
Mus: Michel Legrand
PD: Stephen Altman
 
Marcello Mastroianni (Sergei), Sophia Loren (Isabella de la Fontaine), Anouk Aimée (Simone Lowenthal), Rupert Everett (Jack Lowenthal), Julia Roberts (Anne Eisenhower), Tim Robbins (Joe Flynn), Kim Basinger (Kitty Potter), Stephen Rea (Milo O'Brannigan)
 
Robert Altman utilises the same format of multiple storylines and big ensemble casts which served him well in his two previous movies (The Player, Short Cuts) for this comedy centred around a fashion week in Paris, where journalists, designers and models swoop to take bites out of each other.
The story isn't quite the cut-throat look at the fashion industry that it was expected to be. In fact, it doesn't have much of a story at all. There's a handful of amusing moments, but not enough to justify the length of the film.
5/10

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