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Robert Altman’s CALIFORNIA SPLIT starring GEORGE SEGAL and ELLIOTT GOULD, with ANN PRENTISS, GWEN WELLES, JEFF GOLDBLUM and BERT REMSEN

Infusing his episodic narrative with an equally laid-back attitude towards events and emotions, Altman produces in CALIFORNIA SPLIT a "celebration of gambling" that is in itself something of a game, filled with random incidents, trivial and serious, amusing and not, that emphasize the essential rootlessness of the gambler's life. Altman's signature mosaic of sound, produced for the first time through a multi-track stereo soundtrack, layers dialogue, gambling announcements, and Phyllis Shotwell songs to evoke the chaotic gaming atmosphere as authentically as possible. Gambling may seem more exciting than the depressive Bill's drab office job, but its pleasures are strictly temporary. Everything becomes transient, whether luck or marriage or even friendship between like-minded pals. Watch for a very young Jeff Goldblum as Lloyd Harris. CALIFORNIA SPLIT was only modestly successful at the box office but it is important in that it marked Altman's move away from taking apart old movie genres (the war movie in M*A*S*H (1970), the Western in McCABE AND MRS. MILLER (1971), the detective movie in THE LONG GOODBYE (1973), the gangster movie in THIEVES LIKE US (1974)) toward breaking down conventional storytelling in general, pointing the way toward the even more complex narrative experiments of his 1975 masterpiece NASHVILLE.

CALIFORNIA SPLIT is Altman at the absolute top of his form--which is to say among the freest, loosest and sensorily densest great movies ever made in America. Visually and sonically thick as a brick, it also represents some of the highest-flying improvisatory acting you've ever seen. Put the Godard of the early sixties in a polyester shirt, lay him down among the rummies and compulsive cases of the American gambling subculture, and fill him with equal parts beer and caffeine, and you have some idea of this thoroughly amazing, free-and-easy comedy, which has a scary undertow: the scene where George Segal tries to persuade co-addict Elliott Gould of the hollowness of the big win might be the most scarily desolate in any Altman picture.

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