December 21, 2014, 2:00 p.m. — “Dinah Goes to a Wedding” [excerpt] (from Dinah!) (1978), A Wedding (1978)
1978. USA. Directed by Robert Altman. Screenplay by Altman, John Considine, Allan Nicholls, Patricia Resnick, based on a story by Altman, Considine. With Carol Burnett, Paul Dooley, Amy Stryker, Mia Farrow, Dennis Christopher, Lillian Gish, Desi Arnaz, Jr. The society wedding of “Muffin” Brenner and Dino Sloan Corelli goes from fiasco to farce in this comedy of manners. Altman purportedly set out to double the 24-person cast count from Nashville, giving himself ample subjects on both sides of the family—including Lillian Gish, as the bed-ridden matriarch—for the revelation of secrets throughout the day. No taboos are spared as secret pregnancies, radical politics, and drug habits come to the fore in this delightful free-for-all. Courtesy Twentieth Century Fox. 125 min.