Brewster McCloud (1971)
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as Brewster McCloud
as Det. Lt. Frank Shaft
as Abraham Wright
as Policeman Johnson
as Daphne Heap
as Policeman Hines
as Police Capt. Crandall
as Policeman Breen
as Breen's Wife
as Weeks's Aide
as Green Jr.
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Altman's unexpected follow-up to MASH is pitched fairly successfully between escapist fantasy and satirical comment on the same.
We get the sense of a live intelligence, rushing things ahead on the screen, not worrying whether we'll understand.
One of Robert Altman's most charming exercises in cabaret humor and off-the-cuff modernism.
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Altman's most experimental work.
1970's Altman drama about a boy building a pair of wings in a fallout shelter. A grown-up fairy tale with a surreal murder story and a wild cast including the lead from HAROLD AND MAUDE and a very odd bird lecturer. Mermerizing and utterly fantastic in every sense of the word.. Footnote : The film was released after MASH, which might account for its poor box-office as its a very different animal, promoted by a zany action trailer that was definitely made by a blind man with a very large pair of scissors.
i don't get how the studio ever released this. no way could that happen today. and how much of this was improv? was there a script beyond the basic idea of a strange boy who wants to fly in the houston astrodome? anyway it's a chaotic mess that i'm not sure even makes sense but somehow works, a sort of altman trademark. the device of the lecturer helps tie it all together. many hilarious bits and sally kellerman and shelley duvall are adorable here. god bless the 70's and copious amounts of weed.
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