A Prairie Home Companion
It seemed almost impossible for past eighty year-old Robert Altman to finish this film. A rumor even says that the insurance company had already appointed Paul Thomas Anderson as his replacement in case he was not able to finish the film. Finally after tremendous hard work he completed the film and passed away on the 20th of November last year leaving us A Prairie Home Companion as his last work. Altman again expresses his homage to the beautiful melody of country music as he did with Nashville which was a review of the 1970’s American ambient and political issues. The film displays a night on a real time radio show. At Fitzgerald Theater in Saint Paul, Minnesota, stars are preparing for their last show on a radio program called ‘A Prairie Home Companion’. The thirty year-old dream factory has attracted a variety of lives into its heart from an angel who died listening to the show to a neophyte singer who is about to do her debut on this night and things are bound to happen. Just like in Short Cut, we meet an Altman-branded collage of people but this time it is more of wits and comforting scent than sarcastic criticism. Stars on their last stage become filled with nostalgia as lovers who realize they cannot be together any more and are ready to accept it. Altman who embraces reminiscence as a dreamer sings about things fading away from us as if he had a premonition of his own imminent death.
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