A fashion show in Paris draws the usual bunch of people; designers, reporters, models, magazine editors…
Release Year: 1994
Rating: 4.9/10 (9,003 voted)
Stars: Sophia Loren, Julia Roberts, Marcello Mastroianni
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.
Writers: Robert Altman, Barbara Shulgasser
Isabella de la Fontaine
Olivier de la Fontaine
(as Anouk Aimee)
Rossy de Palma
(as Rossy De Palma)
The year's most seductive comedy!
Release Date: 25 December 1994
Filming Locations: Moscow, Russia
Did You Know?
Fourteenth of fourteen pairings of Marcello Mastroianni and Sophia Loren.
In the hotel room, Anne Eisenhower lifts a glass of wine from Joe Flynn's dining cart with her left hand and takes a drink. Joe makes a comment and it can be seen that Anne's left arm is up to her face (she is visible from the chest down), but when we cut back to Anne the glass is in her right hand as she puts it down.
[subtitled version – opening lines are in French, the English subtitles are a very rough translation]
Olivier de la Fontaine:
Moscow? What's this about? Put that on the desk. Dear Mr. de la Fontaine: blah, blah, blah, blah… blah, blah, blah, blah…
Isabella de la Fontaine:
Robin. Robin. I told you not to! It's dirty. You shouldn't do that. Not in the house.
[to Olivier de la Fontaine]
Isabella de la Fontaine:
You're a shit.
Unfairly Maligned. Far better than people give it credit for
And that's not saying that it's great either. It is not. But it's
tremendously low imdb rating makes me wonder who the heck is voting here.
Pret-a-Porter is a pretty good Robert Altman film that is no better or
than Short Cuts, which, while I feel it is a good film, I also think it is
overrated. This one is, however, heavily underrated, and they both got the
same imdb score from me: 7/10 = 3/4 stars.
This is another attempt to make another Nashville. There's a humongous
ensemble cast of actors, some of the best on the planet, a couple of the
best who ever lived. The screenwriter doesn't connect it all very well,
lots of the characters seem superfluous or underdeveloped, unlike in
Nashville where even the characters who are only in a couple of scenes are
as familiar to the viewer as a close friend. I would particularly have
the Danny Aiello/Teri Garr section to have been removed. It falls pretty
flat. The Sophia Loren/Marcello Mastrioanni section, the section that most
film buffs are going to be excited for, also plops by its end. And Kim
Basinger, a good actress, truly deserving her L.A. Confidential Oscar, is
not very good as the Southern U.S. reporter: her accent is difficult to
around, and her character is often annoying, too. Sometimes, though, her
Many other of the vignettes succeed quite well, although there are never
fireworks about to shoot off. The Tim Robbins/Julia Roberts plot is very
funny. The three publishers, Sally Kellerman, Tracy Ullman, and Linda
attempts to sign photographer Milo (Stephen Rea) to their magazine are all
very humorous. The love quadrangle between the two designers, Forest
Whitaker and Richard E. Grant, and their lovers is very good, also. Anouk
Aimee's section is also great, maybe the best part (Rupet Everett is good,
also). I loved her so much in La Dolce Vita and 8 1/2. I was aching for
her and Marcello
Mastrioanni to interact.
The ending is truly fantastic. It is very well directed and filmed. It's a