Altman revisits the 1930s city of his childhood, vividly recreating its jazz clubs, speakeasies, political corruption and lively crime scene.
Dir Robert Altman
With Miranda Richardson, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Harry Belafonte, Dermot Mulroney, Steve Buscemi
Print courtesy of the Robert Altman Collection at the UCLA Film & Television Archive
Rooted partly in Altman’s recollections of his childhood, this brings together the staging of a 1930s jamming contest between Coleman Hawkins and Lester Young, and the various unfortunate consequences of the kidnapping of a local politician’s wife. The evocation of the untamed city’s speakeasies, gangsters, corrupt politicians and jazz clubs is memorably vivid, the acting terrific, the music – played by top jazzers – superb.