Kansas City (1996)
This annual film series returns for an examination of Kansas City’s own home-grown cinema auteur, Robert Altman.
Shot here in Altman’s home town (look for scenes filmed at Union Station and in the 18th & Vine and Ward Parkway neighborhoods), this Depressionera story finds a not-too-bright party girl (Jennifer Jason Leigh) kidnapping a drug-addicted society wife (Miranda Richardson). Her goal is to free her petty crook husband, who is being held by the black gangster and nightclub owner, Seldom Seen (Harry Belafonte). The film is noted for its detailed recreation of the mid-‘30s K.C. jazz scene.
Rated R; 88 minutes.
Presenters: Psychoanalyst Bonnie Buchele, Ph.D., and Tim Whitmer, KC jazz musician.
Co-sponsored by the Greater Kansas City and Topeka Psychoanalytic Center.