BIRDY
1984, Sony Repertory, 120 min, USA, Dir: Alan Parker

Nicolas Cage and Matthew Modine play childhood pals who drift apart in high school, only to be brought back together by the emotional and physical devastation of war; after both men serve in Vietnam, Cage desperately attempts to bring his old friend back to life. Using an audacious flashback structure, director Alan Parker crafts one of the most moving, original character studies of its era and showcases career-best performances by Cage and Modine.


SHORT CUTS
1993, Warner Bros., 187 min, USA, Dir: Robert Altman

Working from short stories by Raymond Carver, director Robert Altman creates a funny, tragic and wholly original portrait of Southern Californians whose lives intersect in surprising ways. The cast is one of Altman's best: Matthew Modine, Julianne Moore, Buck Henry, Lily Tomlin, Tom Waits, Andie MacDowell, Jack Lemmon, Lili Taylor and Robert Downey Jr. are just a few of the stars in this masterpiece.


LUCK, TRUST & KETCHUP: ROBERT ALTMAN IN CARVER COUNTRY
1993, 90 min, USA, Dir: John Dorr, Mike Kaplan

This remarkable documentary of Robert Altman and the cast and crew of SHORT CUTS on location in Southern California offers a fascinating look at Altman's process and a tapestry of perspectives from the various actors in his ensemble.


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