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

KANSAS CITY

V' 11

KANSAS CITY

Robert Altman
USA/F, 1996
Fiction, 115min, OmdU

KANSAS CITY

Robert Altman
USA/F, 1996
Fiction, 115min, OmdU

Actors: 
Jennifer Jason Leigh
Blondie O’Hara
Miranda Richardson
Carolyn Stilton
Harry Belafonte
Seldom Seen
Michael Murphy
Henry Stilton
Dermot Mulroney
Johnny O’Hara
Steve Buscemi
Johnny Flynn
Screenplay: 
Robert Altman
Frank Barhydt
Sound: 
Richard King
Camera: 
Oliver Stapleton
Editor: 
Geraldine Peroni
Composer: 
Hal Willner
Decoration: 
Stephen Altman
Costume: 
Dona Granata

Production: 
Sandcastle 5 Productions Ciby 2000
Format: 
35 mm
Color

Robert Altman has often seemed impatient with the conventional ways of making a movie. At 71, he is still the most iconoclastic and experimental of major American filmmakers. His originality and invention pay off in Kansas City, his 31st film – a memory of the wide-open Depression era, circa 1934, when Boss Tom Pendergast ruled, jazz flourished, and the city boasted the largest red-light district in the country. Altman tells a fairly straightforward story about a gun moll who kidnaps a politician’s wife, but there’s a lot more to the film than its story. Altman grew up in Kansas City and he has a lot of memories, first- and secondhand, about a colorful period that always seemed to have a jazz soundtrack. He remembers the “cutting contests” in which soloists would duel onstage, and I think he wants to make this movie a cutting contest, too. The story is intercut with performance footage from the “Hey Hey Club”, and as jazz musicians try to top one another it’s as if the actors are doing the same thing in their arena. (Roger Ebert, 1996)