Wednesday, November 22, 2006

In Memoriam: Robert Altman (1925-2006)


Brewster McCloud (1970): the first scene with opening credits
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Nashville (1975) trailer


3 Women (1977) excerpt


The Player (1992): the first scene with opening credits

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Robert Altman, the groundbreaking and sometimes also anarchistic American film director has passed away. Altman is remembered for 1970's black war comedy MASH (taking place in Korean War 1950-53 but clearly pointing to what was happening in Vietnam at the time), 1973's Raymond Chandler adaptation The Long Goodbye, relocated from the 1940s to modern Los Angeles (with Elliott Gould's memorable take on Chandler's hero Philip Marlowe as a shabby and burnt-out character, reflecting the early 70s post-hippie Zeitgeist), and the country music film Nashville (1975) where the world of show business was seen with satirical eyes -- a theme which recurred in Altman's movies. Like many of his films, Nashville also utilized Altman's trademark techniques of actor improvisation and simultaneously overlapping dialogues appearing on soundtrack. 3 Women (1977) with Shelley Duvall and Sissy Spacek is a masterful dreamlike and impressionistic study, somehow also reflecting Ingmar Bergman's Persona. Of his latest films, Altman gained most acclaim with 1992's The Player and 1993's Short Cuts, based on Raymond Carver's short stories.

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