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September 04, 2006

A Prairie Home Companion - 7

This is Robert Altman's latest film. Based on Garrison Keillor's script, which is the story of a big company taking over his variety show in Minnesota. In reality Keillor does have a radio program, but it is not threatened. It is intriguing that very few people have heard Keillor on the radio, his is a master storyteller. The rest of the cast, which is a list of greats (Meryl Streep, Lily Tomlin, John Reilly, Kevin Kline, Virginia Madsen, Tommy Lee Jones)...oh and Lindsay Lohan, is fictional and are a part of the show, mostly singers and musicians. While the main comedy is the variety show and all the advertisements, the other story is the hapless private eye who is on the lookout for the company and the angel who is lurking around the theatre. The plot plays second fiddle to the characters and the film ends on a mysterious note. A pretty funny and creative story, and Altman is the perfect director for this project.

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