Behind the Screens

Behind the Screens

2 Episodes

Two maverick filmmakers with uneasy relationships to Hollywood offer hilarious and scathing satires of the film industry. Made guerrilla style on maxed-out credit cards, Robert Townsend’s brilliantly inventive HOLLYWOOD SHUFFLE draws on his own experiences struggling to make it as a Black actor in Hollywood to lampoon the typecasting of people of color. Another Robert—Altman, no less—takes aim at the industry’s corporate soullessness in his biting insider comedy THE PLAYER, featuring one of the most virtuosic opening shots in film history as well as an astonishing sixty-five (count ’em!) celebrity cameos.

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Behind the Screens
  • Hollywood Shuffle

    Episode 1

    Directed by Robert Townsend • 1987 • United States
    Starring Robert Townsend, Keenen Ivory Wayans

    For this runaway success of urban guerrilla filmmaking, director Robert Townsend and Keenen Ivory Wayans teamed up both as screenwriters and stars in what Janet Maslin of the “New York Times” called ...

  • The Player

    Episode 2

    Directed by Robert Altman • 1992 • United States
    Starring Tim Robbins, Greta Scacchi, Fred Ward

    A Hollywood studio executive with a shaky moral compass (Tim Robbins) finds himself caught up in a criminal situation that would be right at home in one of his movie projects, in this biting industry ...