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Pret-a-Porter [DVD] [1995]

Sophia Loren , Julia Roberts , Robert Altman    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Sophia Loren, Julia Roberts, Marcello Mastroianni, Jean-Pierre Cassel, Kim Basinger
  • Directors: Robert Altman
  • Writers: Robert Altman, Barbara Shulgasser
  • Producers: Angelo Pastore, Bob Weinstein, Brian D. Leitch, Harvey Weinstein, Ian Jessel
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English, French
  • Subtitles: English
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Buena Vista Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 13 Feb 2001
  • Run Time: 133 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005955I
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 9,390 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



Robert Altman's much-anticipated broadside at the world of fashion, Pret A Porter is a disappointment. The film's crazy-quilt Nashville-like narrative structure and ensemble casting (Julia Roberts, Tim Robbins, Lauren Bacall, Marcello Mastroianni, Sophia Loren) are a thing to behold, but the story's many interlocking pieces lack overall depth and resonating emotion. There is a grand, satiric statement about fashion and society at the end of the film, and there are hints of an aging, nostalgic filmmaker's scepticism about our post-modern world of short-lived attachments and meanings. But watching this film is a long, long uphill climb, with a lot of thin air to endure before arriving at a destination. --Tom Keogh,

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Robert Altman brings us an insight into the fashion industry after his look at the corrupt film industry in 'The Player'. A top designer (Jean Pierre Cassel) chokes to death, and is presumed murdered. In the subsequent hysteria, the fashion industry is consumed with paranoia, and everybody becomes a murder suspect. Meanwhile, an American sports reporter (Tim Robbins) gets caught up in events when his briefcase is stolen by the dead man's partner...

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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars One of the wittiest films ever 8 Aug 2000
By A Customer
I still don't understand why this movie wasn't a big success at the box office. I have watched it several times on Sky Movies and the last time I watched it, I decided I would by the DVD. I will never get tired of it.
Pret A Porter is one of the wittiest films ever. It gives us a very cheeky view into the banal world of Haute Couture and crazyness that surrounds Paris fashion week. The films strength is in being able to praise the talent and extraordinary beauty that the catwalk can reveal, but at the same time poking fun at the people who take it far too seriously - as if their lives depended on fashion.
The film blends an all star cast (from old and new cinema) together with Cameo appearences by real people from the fashion industry (Jean Paul Gaultier, Gianfranco Ferre, Christian Lacroix).
The many stories in this film, entwine and move forward without complication and make the two hours of the film feel like 5 minutes. Every time I watch it, I wish it would carry on and on.
As far as the transfer to DVD is concerned - the picture and sound quality are excellent. The only irritating quirk, is the fact that the widescreen letterbox occupies the entire top three-quarters of the screen and leaves a thick black strip at the bottom (no strip at the top) - I assume this is for the subtitles. Also, it is low on extra features. This is why I give it a 4 rather than 5 star rating.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Satire on the Fashion Industry 23 Dec 2007
By Jay
This is an entertaining spoof built around a Paris fashion week, and was actually filmed during that event. It's a typical Robert Altman film, with multiple story lines, fast cutting from one setup to another, and overlapping soundtracks, which all make it hard to follow at the cinema, and very suitable for rental so it can be replayed. It would take too long even to begin to summarise the subplots and characters, but in addition to a galactically stellar cast; there's a host of guest celebrities, including lots of couturiers; and of course dozens of models on and off the catwalk, in and out of designer clothes, and in the climactic scene without clothes at all.

It is always healthy - both for laughers and laughees - to laugh at powerful people who take themselves too seriously; and by poking fun at the fashion industry and its surrounding media circus, Altman is performing a social service, as well as being a true artist. But I don't find his satire as cruelly biting as some people do. He treats some characters sympathetically or neutrally - eg the designer played by Anouk Aimée and Marcello Mastroianni's mystery figure. And even the extreme characters - eg Richard E Grant's screamingly gay designer or Kim Basinger's gushing TV reporter - are only a little more exaggerated than some real-life equivalents.

The final nude catwalk parade is not only a visually delightful and neat solution to the problem of a designer having lost her collection; but is also a postmodern take on the fairytale of the emperor's new clothes - nowadays, the crooks wouldn't have to pretend they were making clothes for the vain emperor, but would be able to sell him nudity, so long as it had a trendy designer label!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "Not only Rock'N'Roll but also Fashion is dead" 30 July 2008
Highly anticipated movie was found bit disappointing by the critics and the public. The movie is very sarcastic and wonderfully explores the interim order of the fashion world. Including highly common features of this business environment: jealousy, anger, scare, superficiality, cruelty, etc

Cast - 5 star! From Sophia Loren to Julia Roberts and Kim Bessinger. Absolutely amazing is Drew Berrimore whom you can hardly recognise. The movie includes video excerpts from important fashion events and shows including a number of 90ies biggest supermodels like Claudia Schiffer, Helena Christensen (who appears on the cover of the DVD), Christy Turlington and designers like Jean Paul Gauthier, Thiery Mugler, Sonia Rykiel, etc. You can also spot than supermodel today the first lady of France Carla Bruni.

The movie is bit overwhelmed with various short episodes, which all together creates the whole story. Nevertheless, all together I find it absolutely hilarious. The main message could be phrased as follows " Not only Rock'N'Roll but also Fashion is dead".
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars 'Ready to Wear' was not ready to work 2 Aug 2013
By a.diaz
Veteran Robert Altman's slick directing, with a snazzy and peppy soundtrack as can be expected from the musically minded director, and a veritable cornucopia of top-of-the-line actors keep things moving along well enough in his 1994 fashion satire to avoid boredom, but unlike his other multi-strand tales like 'Nashville' and 'Short Cuts', the various stories never feel as satisfying or well connected as they ought to be, several being almost perfunctory and having nothing to do with the fashion trade (especially the Robbins-Roberts & Everett threads, neither of which feel important and lack full resolution) and then, even the ones that do offer nothing biting, insightful or new to say about this sometimes crazy and backhanded business that we haven't already known and probably cracked jokes about for years before the film was even made.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
This movie is about the goings-on in the fashion world. The characters are fashion designers, fashion journalists and all kinds of other personnel who happen to find themselves gathered in and around a prestigious fashion fair.
The cast is very interesting. Cher, Tracy Ullman (remember Tracy Ullman?), Anouk Aimee, Julia Roberts, and even, would you believe it, Sophia Loren and Marcello Mastroianni.
The movie begins with a mysterious man arriving from Moscow. A little later, another man is found dead in the back of his own car. Then, one after another, all kinds of little hells break loose all around the city. And, of course, there are scenes from the fashion shows themselves.

This movie is so French, even though is isn't French. I mean, it's set in Paris, and weird things happen the way you'd expect in a French movie. (Imagine two thieves, male and female, accidentally meeting in the same hotel room, and upon leaving, looking at each other awkwardly and saying: "Bon soir" - "Bon soir, madame", before half-running their separate ways.) It's so glamorous and it's so funny. And if, by any chance, there are people among you who enjoy the sight of a naked woman, you're in for one big, yummy surprise towards the end of the movie. But that's definitely not the only reason I love "Pret-a-Porter". Sometimes they just succeed in shooting a movie where everything (or almost everything) is the way it's supposed to be. I'm so grateful to my now-ex-wife for taking me to watch this years ago, and I keep enjoying it over and over again.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars A typical but not vintage Robert Altman film
When 'Pret a Porter' was released in 1994, Robert Altman, who directed, produced and co-wrote the movie, was riding high with the success of his two previous films, 'The Player'... Read more
Published 10 days ago by Andrew Banks
5.0 out of 5 stars Good
An Altman great! A good laugh and a insightful comment too.
Published 2 months ago by AJS
1.0 out of 5 stars Is this the most boring film ever made?
Worst film I've seen in a while. The script was totally boring and pointless. The story goes nowhere. The actors where terrible. Read more
Published 2 months ago by elkie yates
4.0 out of 5 stars Star-studded cast
You will meet a bunch of old friends in this classical Altman satire: Kim Basinger as an intrepid TV-anchor; Marcello Mastroiani as petty thief - Jean-Paul Gaultier as himself and... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Christian Nugue
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent funny DVD about fashion industry
Have seen this movie previously and enjoyed it on an old VHS format. Wanted to get it on DVD. Result was great. Better quality in every way.
Published 4 months ago by tektron
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best!!!!
Perhaps the best movie about crazy world of fashion and haute couture - typically interconnected stories, each different and yet so similar, strong and very unique characters and... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Shimo
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent for fashion-freaks
Altman's "Pret a porter" is one of the funniest and most ironic movies about the fashion-world. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Charlotte Lewenhaupt
5.0 out of 5 stars Prêt-à-porter or fun at a fashion-all
Robert Altman (1925-2006), a very productive US director, liked crowds and handled meandering and interlinked stories very well. Read more
Published on 13 Aug 2011 by Dr René Codoni
1.0 out of 5 stars awful
the only film I've ever walked out of the cinema from - I love some of Robert Altman's work [in particular the brilliant Nashville] but this is dross
Published on 10 Feb 2010 by A. Mcnair
1.0 out of 5 stars Drivel
The single worst film I've ever seen - and I love fashion films!

This film is absolutely awful. Read more
Published on 15 Feb 2009 by Rosey Lea
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