Short cuts

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German title Short cuts
Original title Short cuts
Country of production United States
original language English
Publishing year 1993
length 187 minutes
Age rating FSK 16
Director Robert Altman
script Robert Altman
Frank Barhydt
production Cary Brokaw
music Gavin Friday
Mark Isham
camera Walt Lloyd
cut Suzy Elmiger
Geraldine Peroni

Short Cuts is an American film directed by Robert Altman from 1993. The screenplay is based on several stories by Raymond Carver .


Short Cuts tells episodes from the lives of a number of people living in Los Angeles . Among other things, relationship problems, the unglamorous reality of phone sex and the discovery of a water body are presented.

The individual, loosely connected storylines develop a complex network - there is no main story in the classic sense. Two events connect all threads: a helicopter flight over Los Angeles at the beginning of the film and an earthquake at the end.


Short Cuts has been enthusiastically received by critics around the world. In particular, the overall performance of a very large cast was praised. Special prizes from the Venice International Film Festival and the Golden Globe have been awarded to the entire cast . Robert Altman is considered to be the founder of this so-called multi character form , which, in contrast to the conventional separation of leading and supporting roles, relies on the performance of an ensemble from which no individual actors stand out.

"Former director Robert Altman shows average people with all longings and frustrations. He dives into the metropolis of Los Angeles with his camera and shows moments from the lives of different people. Artfully intertwined episodes combine to form an apocalyptic monumental painting, a Southern Californian moral image from the end of the 20th century. An outstanding group of prominent actors gives the brilliant direction additional charm. "

- Prism Online

“A multitude of episodic insights into the lives of Californian couples are artfully interwoven to form a satirical, unsettling portrait of a society without responsibility, shame and intimacy. Robert Altman builds on stylistic elements and the distant view of his film ' Nashville ' and, supported by a prominent and convincing ensemble of actors, delivers a pessimistic inventory of the early 1990s. "



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Individual evidence

  1. ↑ Approval certificate for short cuts . Voluntary self-regulation of the film industry , November 2008 (PDF; test number: 70 698-a DVD).
  3. Short Cuts in the Lexicon of International FilmsTemplate: LdiF / Maintenance / Access used , accessed April 12, 2012