That Obscure Object of Desire

Flaws and all, Robert Altman's latest fresco is eminently lovable

As with all classic Altman, Dr. T is equal parts Jungian and sociological, offhandedly comic and as imposing as a WPA mural. Grandpa Bob is still kickin' it, still working as hard as ever, still making movies that crank on every cylinder, still setting a tone and rendering a nuance as well as anyone alive. As before, his abundant love of the zoom lens often makes for a gummy-textured image--but who cares? The flaws are the best part. I love Dr. T & the Women with an all-embracing heart much like its own. And here's the best part: It's not just that Altman isn't slowing down. He's picking up speed.

 

Slick willie, indeed: Richard Gere with Helen Hunt in Dr. T & the Women
Slick willie, indeed: Richard Gere with Helen Hunt in Dr. T & the Women

Dr. T & the Women starts Friday, October 13 at area theaters.

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