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The purpose of the initial scene while the credits are still rolling is to introduce us to the abundance of characters situations and interpersonal relations that take place in an urban setting and to see life beyond the control that its characters have upon itIt observes the inevitable and unpredictable changes in relationships their evolution and the interactions between the different couples that sometimes enrich but mostly threaten their fragile stabilityAltmans camera can be perceived as an exploratory eye that inquires into the daily chaos while attempting to make it comprehensible to the viewerI chose the first five minutes because that scene is in my opinion the most representative of the spirit of the film and introduces the numerous characters which are positioned in daily situations such as the theatre various homes a coffee shop a limousine and a jazz club Short Cuts is very similar to his 1975 project Nashville in that they both consist of stories that overlap and are both mainly linked together by having the characters from the different stories interact He also uses recurrent shots which unify the actions that take place to give the impression that they are all happening at the same time and placeIts on this initial setting that he elaborates the rest of the film becoming an eye that observes the evolution in the life of the characters he introduced and through which he will develop the conflicts and interests that life presentsIn an interview with Connie Byrne and William O Lopez he refers to how he is sometimes perceived as not very expressive about his work and that when he tries to talk about what his films are about he sounds sillyThis is seen precisely in the selected sequence which reflects the fact that Altman wants to portray life as it is and establish numerous situations that develop by themselves as if the argument of the scene originated from a natural
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