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 Post subject: Robert Altman
PostPosted: Fri Oct 08, 2010 7:20 pm 
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Robert Altman
(1925 – 2006), American


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"Prolific, experimental, visionary and ambitious, he is a director whose career spans over five decades and includes over thirty feature films. Known as a maverick director (a label he denies), Altman eschews the market-oriented climate of Hollywood, refusing to bow to studio demands and insisting on total control over his material. The result is an eclectic body of work that moves across several genres, each picture effectively dismantling the generic conventions on which it draws."
- Contemporary North American Film Directors

"Altman's use of multi-track sound is [...] incredibly complex: sounds are layered upon one another, often emanating from different speakers in such a way that the audience member must also decide what to listen for. Indeed, watching and listening to an Altman film inevitably requires an active participant: events unroll with a Bazinian ambiguity."
- International Dictionary of Films and Filmmakers

"Altman is usually happier with large casts than small: while elegantly shot and acted, the intimate theatrical adaptations he was reduced to making in the 80s (he's always been an outsider in Hollywood) lack the social, historical and philosophical import of McCabe & Mrs. Miller, Nashville, the made-for-TV Tanner '88, The Player and Short Cuts - movies which confirm him, however erratic his output, as one of the greatest - and most stylistically innovative - filmmakers of the modern era."
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1957 The Delinquents
1957 The James Dean Story (documentary) (co-dir: George W. George)
1968 Countdown
1969 That Cold Day in the Park
1970 MASH
1970 Brewster McCloud
1971 McCabe & Mrs. Miller
1972 Images
1973 The Long Goodbye
1974 Thieves Like Us
1974 California Split
1975 Nashville
1976 Buffalo Bill and the Indians, or Sitting Bull's History Lesson
1977 3 Women
1978 A Wedding
1979 Quintet
1979 A Perfect Couple
1980 Health
1980 Popeye
1982 Come Back to the Five and Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean
1983 Streamers
1984 Secret Honor
1984 O.C. & Stiggs (released in 1987)
1985 Fool for Love
1987 Beyond Therapy
1987 Aria - segment: Les Boréades
1988 Tanner '88 (TV)
1990 Vincent and Theo
1992 The Player
1993 Short Cuts
1994 Prêt-à-Porter (also known as Ready to Wear)
1996 Kansas City
1998 The Gingerbread Man
1999 Cookie's Fortune
2000 Dr. T & the Women
2001 Gosford Park
2003 The Company
2004 Tanner on Tanner
2006 A Prairie Home Companion


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 Post subject: Re: Robert Altman
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Nashville is an easy 10.0 right now.


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 Post subject: Re: Robert Altman
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420 Bro wrote:
Nashville is an easy 10.0 right now.


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 Post subject: Re: Robert Altman
PostPosted: Sat Aug 06, 2011 6:37 am 
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rankings and ratings

1. M*A*S*H (1970) 10/10
2. Nashville (1975) 10/10
3. The Player (1992) 9.5/10
4. Gosford Park (2001) 9.5/10
5. The Long Goodbye (1973) 9/10
6. California Split (1974) 8.5/10
7. Short Cuts (1993) 8.5/10
8. McCabe & Mrs. Miller (1971) 8.5/10
9. Images (1972) 8/10
10. Brewster McCloud (1970) 8/10
11. Secret Honor (1984) 7.5/10
12. Kansas City (1996) 7/10
13. Thieves Like Us (1974) 6.5/10
14. Pret-A-Porter (1994) 6.5/10
15. Come Back To The Five And Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean (1982) 6/10
16. Quintet (1979) 4/10
17. Dr. T And The Women (2000) 3/10


Which leads me to the following question: does anyone have a copy of HealtH (1980)? I understand there is no DVD commercially available and the torrent I am downloading now does not seem to get itself started. Help a brother out?


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 Post subject: Re: Robert Altman
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Finally saw The Long Goodbye, a terrific genre update on noir and an outstanding performance by Elliott Gould (and that cat!). Nice Arnie cameo too. I am convinced that Altman was probably the greatest post-classical Hollywood American director ever.


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 Post subject: Re: Robert Altman
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The Long Goodbye is absolutely fantastic. I rate it higher than Gosford Park now (although GF is probably still top 5 for me becauseI'm such a sucker for British period pieces and costume dramas) What others do you still have to go through?
The list in my previous post shows what I had seen from Altman until a few weeks ago and I was really fearing that there wasn't another masterpiece out there any more. And then I saw 3 Women, which was exactly that. What a filmmaker, Mr. Altman.


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 Post subject: Re: Robert Altman
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I actually have quite a bit to go through. Right now I'm working on his 70's work along with Fassbinder's insane output. I think my favorite is still Nashville, but I'm pretty fond of MASH and one of my favorite final films for a director, Prairie Home Companion. Just pure joy for me on that one.


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 Post subject: Re: Robert Altman
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A Prairie Home Companion is the shit. Probably the most underrated Altman film. I need to go on one of my director benders so I can finally watch The Long Goodbye, Gosford Park, 3 Women, and Thieves Like Us.


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 Post subject: Re: Robert Altman
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Yeah Fassbinder is fantastic too, a real wonder to discover, although not all his films are of the same quality. His best are imo The Marriage of Maria Braun, Alif: Fear Eats the Soul, The Niklashausen Journey (which features some of the best deployments of Brechtian technique I've seen in a film), Pioneers in Ingolstadt, Merchant of Four Seasons, Katzelmacher and Chinese Roulette etc. Gods of the Plague and The American Soldier are good too but those did not impress me quite as much.

Greatly looking forward to Beware of a Holy Whore, Fox and his Friends, Effi Briest and of course Berlin Alexanderplatz.


anyway, back on topic: Altman really rules.


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 Post subject: Re: Robert Altman
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Roommate is having an Altman marathon and despite the fact that I was going to hold off on watching it until the Criterion Blu I just had to join him for Nashville. Man, that movie just gets better and better the more you watch it (and this may well be the fifth time I've seen it). So much stuff going on, so many amazing parallelisms and contrasts, so much wisdom about where America was then that still applies today. Love love love.


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 Post subject: Re: Robert Altman
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Looking forward sooo much to watching it again - this time on the Crit blu.


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