The Player

MGM – Wednesday 18 November, 8.30pm

This biting Hollywood satire follows a smarmy studio executive as he becomes increasingly paranoid as he’s blackmailed by one of the many screenwriters he has slighted.
The famous opening tracking shot of The Player lasts 7 minutes, 47 seconds without a single camera break. Fifteen takes were required to shoot this scene, in which the camera tracks through a studio’s lot and features a series of hysterical pitches by actual screenwriters. The scene pays homage to Orson Welles’ Touch of Evil and Alfred Hitchcock’s Rope (which are both mentioned during the scene).
Winner of two BAFTAs (Best Director; Best Screenplay), two awards at the Cannes Film Festival (Best Actor – Tim Robbins; Best Director), two Golden Globes (Best Picture, Best Actor – Tim Robbins). In addition, The Player also received three Oscar nominations (Best Director, Best Editing, Best Screenplay).

Director: Robert Altman (Gosford Park, Prêt-à-Porter, Short Cuts, The Long Goodbye).

Starring: Tim Robbins, Greta Scacchi, Fred Ward, Cynthia Stevenson, Vincent D’Onofrio, Whoopi Goldberg, Lyle Lovett. Also – look out for cameos from Jeff Goldblum, Teri Garr, Harry Belafonte, Robert Carradine, James Coburn, Anjelica Houston, Jack Lemmon, Burt Reynolds, Julia Roberts, Susan Sarandon, Bruce Willis, and many more Hollywood players.

“A movie about today’s Hollywood — hilarious and heartless in about equal measure, and often at the same time.” – Roger Ebert

“Mercilessly satiric yet good-natured, this enormously entertaining slam dunk quite possibly is the most resonant Hollywood saga since the days of Sunset Blvd. and The Bad and the Beautiful.” – Variety

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