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Altman (2014)

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A look at the life and work of American film-maker Robert Altman.

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Ron Mann

Writer:

Len Blum
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Michael Murphy ... Himself
Robert Altman ... Himself (archive footage)
Kathryn Reed Kathryn Reed ... Herself (as Kathryn Reed Altman)
Sally Kellerman ... Herself
James Caan ... Himself
Donald Sutherland ... Himself (archive footage)
Elliott Gould ... Himself
Dick Cavett ... Himself (archive footage)
Tommy Thompson Tommy Thompson ... Himself (archive footage)
Vilmos Zsigmond ... Himself (archive footage)
Matthew Reed Altman Matthew Reed Altman ... Himself (voice)
Stephen Altman ... Himself (voice)
Keith Carradine ... Himself
Richard Nixon ... Himself (archive footage)
Lily Tomlin ... Herself
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The life of Robert Altman over the course of his career as a filmmaker is told in roughly chronological order. It is presented largely through archival footage, including of his interviews and of his and his longtime wife Kathryn Reed's home movies. It includes his rocky start in Hollywood as an aspiring screenwriter, which instead led to him working as a general filmmaker for an industrial film company. This work led to directing assignments for a number of television series back in Hollywood, where he butted heads with a number of studio executives and producers who did not appreciate his style of filmmaking in his desire to insert a sense a realism in whatever the project, that realism which includes hanging story-lines and overlapping dialogue, often in multiple equally important conversations in a single setting which forces the viewer to decide which conversation he/she wants to focus. This situation often led to him trying to achieve what he wanted either in not telling or ... Written by Huggo

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Official Sites:

Official site [Japan]

Country:

Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 October 2014 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

Όλτμαν See more »

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Sphinx Productions See more »
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Color
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Quotes

Philip Baker Hall: What does Altmanesque mean? I would say it means, never giving up.
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Features Combat!: Survival (1963) See more »

Soundtracks

Let's Begin Again
Written by Robert Altman
Arranged by John Medeski
Performed by Rachael Yamagata and John Medeski with Ben Perowsky and Jesse Murphy
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Flashes of an erratic filmmaking talent...
4 January 2015 | by moonspinner55See all my reviews

Ron Mann's rather soft documentary on movie director Robert Altman, who amusingly was fired by Jack Warner from his first theatrical film (1968's "Countdown") because of Altman's desire to have the actors overlap their dialogue. Altman, who began as a TV writer, slowly worked his way into the director's chair for a variety of television programs such as "Hawaiian Eye," "Bonanza" and "Combat!" It was on the series "Whirlybirds" that he met his wife, actress Kathryn Reed, who would remain by Altman's side for the remainder of his life. Home movies and behind-the-scenes footage highlights this otherwise unenlightening piece, with a narrative that reads something like this: "Once he finished that film, Altman began his next picture. After it was completed, he began a new project." There are a few nice touches (such as critic Gene Shalit's colorful TV review of Altman's "Popeye"), but otherwise extremely little about how each of Altman's eclectic projects were perceived by the public. Apparently an absentee-father, Altman, who passed away November 20, 2006, is nevertheless praised by the family members who took part in "Altman"; still, it's a documentary with only a passing resemblance to documentaries. ** from ****


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