Truman’s Masterminds

An article discussing The Truman Show when it was about to be released.

Days before it goes into release, “The Truman Show” looks like a gamble about to pay off. Already critically praised — David Thomson called it a “near masterpiece” in Esquire — it is that rare thing: a thinking-person’s Hollywood film. It doesn’t pander. It doesn’t get cuddly. And it doesn’t worry if everybody knows exactly what’s going on every moment.

The picture brings about an unexpected pairing of talents — the internationally respected Australian director Peter Weir, known for serious dramas such as “The Mosquito Coast” (1987), and Jim Carrey, known for being the next Jerry Lewis. But the combination worked.

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