Robert Altman

California Split

Altman’s bittersweet exploration of the highs and lows of gambling follows two friends on a casino spree in LA and Reno.

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USA 1974
Dir Robert Altman
With Elliott Gould, George Segal, Ann Prentiss, Bert Remsen
108min
Digital 4K
Certificate 15

A bittersweet exploration of the highs and lows of gambling (a subject dear to Altman’s heart), this pleasingly freewheeling variation on the buddy-movie takes two new friends (Gould, Segal) on a series of sprees in LA and Reno. The meandering, episodic narrative is like a jazz improvisation, all texture, mood and unexpected tonal shifts; the performances by all involved are superb.