Moviedrome Mondays: A Wedding (1978)

Since I could not find (once again) a youtube video link of Moviedrome presenter Alex Cox introducing master filmmaker Robert Altman’s 1978 satirical comedy A Wedding, readers will have to (once again) made do with Cox’s intro transcript (read here). The episode’s original airdate was August 5, 1990 (read here). Though I disagree with Cox when he implies that Altman had stinkers in his career (I love A Perfect Couple and Quintet every bit as much), everything else he says here is spot-on. I especially agree with that last paragraph of his. If any of you readers are interested in reading my list of my favorite Robert Altman films, read here.

Since I could not find an original theatrical trailer link, here is a youtube video link to a TV spot of the film

My Favorite Robert Altman Films

* * * * (Out of * * * *)

1.   Nashville (1975)

2.   McCabe & Mrs. Miller (1971)

3.   Short Cuts (1993)

4.   The Long Goodbye (1973)

5.   Tanner ’88 (1988)
(Miniseries)
(Cable/Television)

6.   3 Women (1977)

7.   Great Performances (1996)
7a. Episode: “Robert Altman’s Jazz ’34”
(Documentary)
(Television)

8.   The Player (1992)

9.   Secret Honor (1984)

10. California Split (1974)

11. Streamers (1983)

12. Gosford Park (2001)

13. Cookie’s Fortune (1999)

14. A Prairie Home Companion (2006)

15. Tanner on Tanner (2004)
(Miniseries)
(Cable/Television)

16. The Company (2003)

17. Vincent & Theo (1990)

18. A Wedding (1978)

19. Images (1972)

20. Brewster McCloud (1970)

21. MASH (1970)

22. That Cold Day in the Park (1969)

23. Kansas City (1996)

24. Buffalo Bill and the Indians, or Sitting Bull’s History Lesson (1976)

25. Thieves Like Us (1974)

26. Come Back to the Five and Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean (1982)

27. Gun (1997)
27a. Episode: “All the President’s Women”
(Television)

28. Fool for Love (1985)

29. The Gingerbread Man (1998)

30. The Caine Mutiny Court Martial (1988)
(Television)

31. Health (1980)
(I watched it online)

32. A Perfect Couple (1979)

33. Ready to Wear (1994)
(a.k.a. Pret-a-Porter)

34. Dr. T & the Women (2000)

35. O.C. & Stiggs (1985)
(theatrically released in 1987)

36. Beyond Therapy (1987)

37. Popeye (1980)

38. Quintet (1979)

39. Countdown (1968)

40. Basements (1987)
40a. “The Dumb Waiter”
40b. “The Room”
(Cable/Television)
(I watched the former on an old VHS tape and the latter online)

41. Nightmare in Chicago (1964)
(Television)
(I watched it online)

42. The Delinquents (1957)

43. The James Dean Story (1957)
(Co-directed with George W. George)
(Documentary)

* * * * (Out of * * * *) (Short Cinema)

1.   Aria (1987)
(Segment: “Les Boreades”)

* * * * (Out of * * * *) (TV Episodes)

1.   Combat (1962-1967)
(Episodes from 1962: “Forgotten Front”, “Rear Echelon Commandos”, “Any Second Now”, “Escape to Nowhere”, “Cat and Mouse”, “I Swear by Apollo” and “The Prisoner”)
(Episodes from 1963: “The Volunteer”, “Off Limits” and “Survival”)

2.   The Gallant Men (1962-1963)
(Pilot Episode from 1962: “Battle Zone”)

3.   Route 66 (1960-1964)
(Episode from 1961: “Some of the People, Some of the Time”)   

4.   Peter Gunn (1958-1961)
(Episode from 1961: “The Murder Bond”)

5.   Lawman (1958-1962)
(Episode from 1961: “The Robbery”)

6.   Bonanza (1959-1973)
(Episodes from 1960: “Silent Thunder”)
(Episodes from 1961: “Bank Run”, “The Duke”, “The Rival”, “The Secret”, “The Dream Riders”, “Sam Hill” and “The Many Faces of Gideon Finch”)

7.   Maverick (1957-1962)
(Episode from 1960: “Bolt from the Blue”)

8.   Bronco (1958-1962)
(Episode from 1960: “The Mustangers”)

9.   Sugarfoot (1957-1961)
(Episode from 1959: “Apollo with a Gun”)
(Episode from 1960: “The Highbinder”)

10. M Squad (1957-1960)
(Episode from 1958: “Lover’s Lane Killing”)

11. Alfred Hitchcock Presents (1955-1965)
(Episode from 1957: “The Young One”)
(Episode from 1958: “Together”)