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Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Post-film discussion with Donald Fagen (Steely Dan) and star Holly Hunter! 35mm print

“Writer/director Brooks is knowing about the wisecracks, back-stabbings, political shifts, and innate decencies of the media game, and underpinning what is a charming, protean love-triangle is a serious statement about the function, value, and direction of television news. Aaron Altman (Albert Brooks) is brave, decent, witty, committed, and hopelessly in love with his Mensa-plus producer Jane Craig (Hunter, magnificent), a skilful but personally unfulfilled member of their Washington bureau. Enter Hurt’s Tom Grunick, irresistable to women and station executives alike. Aaron is exceptional, but Tom has the looks and presentation to please corporate media America. He just can’t grasp or weigh facts. So who gets the jobs, and who gets Jane? Brooks’ script has some superb set pieces, crackles with furious one-liners, and mirrors fact… it confirms all the camaraderies and care beyond and behind the pressures and pratfalls.” – Time Out (London)

  • Country USA
  • Rating R
  • Year 1987
  • Running Time 132 minutes
  • Director James L. Brooks

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