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.
The Korean War. Nashville’s country music scene. Hollywood. The Wild West. Los Angeles. Studio rebel Robert Altman made his name skewering these mythic American stories in clever, star-studded, circus-like films. Now he travels overseas in this delightful exposé on the French fashion world.
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.
The overlapping dialoque, the episodic quality, the large cast of familiar faces; the makings of a Robert Altman film. Altman's follow up to "The Player" however fell flat with critics and the box office. Unlike his masterpieces "Nashville", "A Wedding", "The Player" etc this film just falls with a thud. Some interesting characters and scenes but overall just feels like an empty confection. Cast is game.
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.
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.