Robert Altman

Popeye

This magnificent live-action musical tribute to the classic comic strip features pitch-perfect performances, a sassy script and witty songs.

Image from Popeye

USA 1980
Dir Robert Altman
With Robin Williams, Shelley Duvall, Paul Dooley, Ray Walston, Linda Hunt
114min
35mm
Certificate U

Sometimes described as a box-office disappointment (though it did make a substantial profit), Altman’s live-action musical tribute to EC Segar’s comic strip is a creative marvel, thanks to Jules Feiffer’s sassy, sophisticated script, Harry Nilsson’s witty songs, superb cinematography and design, and uniformly terrific performances by brilliantly cast actors. Williams and Duvall, especially, play Popeye and Olive Oyl to perfection.

35mm print courtesy of the Robert Altman Collection at the UCLA Film & Television Archive.

The screening on 13 June will be a families’ screening.

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