VIENNA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL: OCTOBER 25 – NOVEMBER 8, 2018

H.E.A.L.T.H.

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H.E.A.L.T.H.

Robert Altman
USA, 1979
105min, OF

H.E.A.L.T.H.

Robert Altman
USA, 1979
, 105min, OF

Actors: 
Glenda Jackson
Isabella Garnell
Carol Burnett
Gloria Burbank
James Garner
Harry Wolff
Lauren Bacall
Esther Brill
Paul Dooley
Dr. Gainey
Alfre Woodard
Sally Benbow
Screenplay: 
Robert Altman
Frank Barhydt
Paul Dooley
Sound: 
Robert Gravenor
Don Merritt
Camera: 
Edmond L. Koons
Editor: 
Tom Benko
Dennis M. Hill
Tony Lombardo
Composer: 
Joseph Byrd
Decoration: 
Jacqueline S. Price
Costume: 
Beth Alexander

Production: 
Twentieth Century Fox
World Sales: 
Hollywood Classics Linton House, 39/51 Highgate Road London, NW5 1RS, Großbritannien T 207 424 72 80 F 207 428 89 36
Format: 
35 mm
Color

A large ensemble piece in the tradition of Nashville and A Wedding, this uses a Florida health foods convention (H.E.A.L.T.H. the letters stand for Happiness, Energy And Longevity Through Health), where the yoghurt and muesli industries engage in ludicrous rivalry, to take pot-shots at the way the American obsession with physical well-being is inevitably linked to money, vanity and the desire for status and power. Altman utilizes the hotel as a gathering place for numerous interrelated, interconnecting plot threads. The unifying theme is a satire of corrupt politics, a la Watergate. Playing the unflappable hotel manager, Alfre Woodard stands out in a stellar cast including Carol Burnett, Glenda Jackson, James Garner, Lauren Bacall, Henry Gibson, Dick Cavett, and Paul Dooley who co-wrote the screenplay with Altman and Frank Barhydt.