Robert Altman

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The American (political) way is satirised in Altman’s ensemble piece about a Florida health-foods convention.

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USA 1980
Dir Robert Altman
With Lauren Bacall, James Garner, Glenda Jackson, Paul Dooley
105min
35mm
Certificate PG

One of Altman’s ensemble movies, this comedy deals with intrigue and rivalry at a Florida health-foods convention; the humour derives from how the American concern with physical well-being is inevitably linked to money, vanity and the desire for status and power. But the satire extends beyond the health-foods business to the political arena – it was intended for release prior to the US presidential elections.