Robert Altman takes a look at the European continent creating a collective portrait of the world of fashion. One of the funniest and star-studded films by the American classic featuring all kinds of leading actors, from Sophia Loren and Marcello Mastroianni to Kim Basinger and Julia Roberts.
Paris Fashion Week brings together couturiers, models, glossy magazine editors, society reporters, young fashion industry workers, and, among others, Marcello Mastroianni in the guise of an Italian communist who had lived in Russia for a long time. All these diverse characters plot intrigues and solve love issues. And even the death—or assassination?—of Olivier de la Fontaine, a key figure in the world of fashion, cannot stop this mess. Prêt-à-Porter is another classic multifigured composition by Altman this time depicting behind the scenes of the fashion industry. Whereas his Short Stories continued to explore American life, Prêt-à-Porter is a sarcastic but generally friendly look at the ageing European continent which resembles more and more the New World of the present-day era.
Director: Robert Altman
USA, 1994. 133 min. 18+