A fashion show in Paris draws the usual bunch of people; designers, reporters, models, magazine editors, photographers. Lots of unconnected stories which all revolve around this show, and an all-star cast.
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Very few of us have good taste hence the crowd of those who try to make us believe that they have better taste than we have. Now I'm not sure they have a sense of humour which is the main reason why this movie is underrated because film critics belong to the parasitic world described by Robert Altman. Recommended.
This movie is a donut. In a lot of men there is a teenage boy that wants to come out and play. That boy likes naked women, and while we're at it, let's make them fashion models. But fashion models are less than zero, and they create a black hole in the middle of this movie for the actors to walk around. And there is an embarrassment of riches in terms of the actors.
For me it's one of the most underrated and misunderstood films ever. It doesn't fail at all at in translating various aspects of the fashion world into comical sketch-like situations performed by a great ensamble. Superficial, efemerous, funny, cruel, underhanded... just like any fashion weeks or celebrities magazines.
This film is hilarious and just brilliant. Can watch it over and over. All the characters are en pointe and interesting, and it's full of love (and dog shit).
Great one liners:
"We know what he wore, we don't know who he is."
Over-indulgent, generally dreary and flabby compendium. What could have been a light but cutting satire is here rendered a deadweight of jostling cameos and blandly realised vignettes with little to say about fashion or creativity.
Sprawling, rambling collage depicting the vacuous and self-important parade that is fashion week. This film (more so than some of Altman's others) poignantly mirrors the artifice, pomp and arguably inconsequential nature of its own subject. Worth sticking with.