A sunny shout-out to 70 winners at the Cannes Film Festival to celebrate the 70th event which is just around the corner – in no particular order.
What Cannes best Director winner Robert Altman and screenwriter Michael Tolkin achieved with The Player was astonishing, blending the renowned cross-dialogue, directing a huge cast, and telling a compelling, relevant story. A satire on Hollywood film studio executives with Griffin Mill (Tim Robbins) in the hot seat, add to that pitching screenwriters, apparent death threats, actual murder – the cross-over of film and reality through a series of challenging events and the production of a new movie brought to the table is handled expertly under Altman. He has been here before of course, the huge cast in black comedy territory, The Player impressively features over 60 celebrity cameos, with prominent roles given to the likes of Greta Scacchi, Fred Ward, Whoopi Goldberg, Peter Gallagher, Richard E. Grant, and Dean Stockwell. The compelling irony is impossible to resist, especially given the “No stars, just talent” selling point.