Luck, Trust & Ketchup: Robert Altman in Carver Country
Time Out saysKaplan has been an associate of Robert Altman since the mid-'70s, so you'd hardly expect his documentary on the making of Short Cuts to be in any way critical. That said, it avoids the sort of hagiographic gush that mars most on-set promos, while one evident advantage of his friendship with Altman was that he had unprecedented access to cast, crew and director alike. True, long-term admirers of the great man won't learn very much they didn't already know, but more recent converts should find this movie-on-the-movie intelligent and illuminating. Kaplan's prime achievement is his film's clarity; it's structured chronologically, charting the production from inception to wrap party, and interviewing each member of the large cast in sequence while they were on set.
Cast and crew
Lyle Lovett, Andie MacDowell, Frances McDormand, Matthew Modine, Julianne Moore, Tim Robbins, Annie Ross, Lori Singer, Madeleine Stowe, Lili Taylor, Lily Tomlin, Tom Waits, Fred Ward, Huey Lewis, Jack Lemmon, Robert Altman, Tess Gallagher, Anne Archer, Bruce Davison, Robert Downey Jr, Peter Gallagher, Buck Henry, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Chris Penn