Murder, kidnapping, jazz, the racist reality of The South, gamblers, thieves, fast-talking molls, corruption in politics, crooked moral fiber.
Altman shows the armor that we all wear to survive, then he unveils the emotional core that holds us together.
That emotional core is pure poetry, pure devotion and every character has access to it at varying degrees of intensity. Others are more like witnesses, secret observers, who improvise. The connectedness of these different personalities is what makes the world.
Altman shows how the emotional tension between human beings across class and power contributes to the destruction or construction of ourselves. Not only our individual selves, but everyone else too. We all contribute equally to each other's balance.
Harry Belafonte as…