At the Movies: The Player
If there is a contemporary rival to Alfred Hitchcock and Orson Welles, it has to be Robert Altman. From M*A*S*H to Nashville, from The Player to Gosford Park, he has covered an eclectic range of subjects and each time displayed a prodigious art.
The Player is probably the best film ever made about contemporary Hollywood, and Altman has a lot of stylistic fun with the subject.
DVD player or VCR
DVD or VHS copy of The Player
1 1/2 hours
Watch The Player while thinking about the following questions.
(Alternatively, watch the opening eight-minute tracking shot 10 or 12 times. It’s a film course in itself.)
Please post your responses to the following questions on the class message board.