EVERYTHING ABOUT A MOVIE?
|READY TO WEAR (PRET-A-PORTER) (director/writer: Robert Altman; screenwriter: Barbara Shulgasser; cinematographers: Pierre Mignot/Jean Lepine; editor: Geraldine Peroni; music: Michel Legrand; cast: Lauren Bacall (Slim Chrysler), Kim Basinger (Kitty Potter), Linda Hunt (Regina Krumm), Sally Kellerman (Sissy Wanamaker), Sophia Loren (Isabella de la Fontaine), Marcello Mastroianni (Sergei), Stephen Rea (Milo O'Brannagan), Tim Robbins (Joe Flynn), Julia Roberts (Anne Eisenhower), Danny Aiello (Major Hamilton), Anouk Aimee (Simone Lowenthal), Jean-Pierre Cassel (Olivier de la Fontaine), Teri Garr (Louise Hamilton), Richard E. Grant (Cort Romney), Tracey Ullman (Nina Scant), Forest Whitaker (Cy Bianco), Rupert Everett (Jack Lowenthal); Runtime: 130; MPAA Rating: R; producer: Robert Altman; Miramax; 1994)|
|"The spoof goes nowhere and takes a long
time in doing so."
Reviewed by Dennis Schwartz
and cowrites with Barbara Shulgasser this messy pic about the fashion
world. It covers the annual international fashion show held every
September in Paris for a week. The plotless film, a satire on the
industry, has an all-star cast but offers them not much to say as it
pokes fun at the easy to ridicule industry targets. The pic is filled
with many characters in converging storylines. The main participants
are the following: The Kim Basinger character is a superficial American
TV fashion reporter interviewing the participants (designers and
journalists) with fluff questions. Sophia Loren is married to the head of the
Paris fashion event, Jean-Pierre
Cassel. She detests this hubby Number 2 and doesn't blink when told
he's been murdered in his limo. Meanwhile
hubby Number 1, Marcello
Mastroianni, surprisingly returns as a sneak thief of luggage and will
get Sophia to re-create the
striptease she performed 30 years ago for him in “Yesterday, Today and
Tomorrow.”--but this time he falls asleep after she removes her
stockings. Anouk Aimee is the designer mistress of the unpopular
Cassel, whose slimy son, Rupert Everett, sells her business without
telling her. Tim Robbins and Julia
Roberts are reporters from American newspapers, who both lost their
luggage and argue over a hotel room they both feel is theirs. They
settle the dispute by sleeping together in the room they are arguing
over and never leave, thereby neglecting their journalist duties. Stephen Rea is a popular but demented
fashion photographer from Ireland, who steps out of bounds taking
compromising photos of rival women editors of fashion magazines (Tracy Ullman, Sally Kellerman and Linda
In minor roles: Lauren Bacall is a color-blind fashion doyenne; Danny Aiello is a cross-dressing buyer and Teri Garr is his shopping-spree wife; and Forest Whitaker plays a gay designer.
The spoof goes nowhere and takes a long
time in doing so. Throughout it has different cast members stepping on
poodle doo-doo. This recurring gag was supposed to be funny, but
instead told you all you wanted to know about this stinker.
The pic is only vaguely amusing when it
shows a number of kitsch runway model shows, saving the last one for
its centerpiece shot of models without clothes walking the runway. The
message sent is that clothes don't make the person and that fashion is
meaningless bullshit, and on a more serious note the textile industry
is responsible for 50% of the world's pollution.
REVIEWED ON 7/19/2011 GRADE: C+
Dennis Schwartz: "Ozus' World Movie Reviews"
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