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Altman (2014)

TV-PG | | Documentary | 4 November 2014 (USA)
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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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Storyline

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:

4 November 2014 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$996
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Robert Altman: I equate films with sand castles. You get a bunch of mates and you go down and you say I"m going to build this great sand castle and you build it. Then, the tide comes in and twenty minutes its just smooth sand. And that structure you made is in everybodies' memory and that's it.
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Did what it was supposed to do
16 March 2017 | by rzajacSee all my reviews

I loved this documentary because it accomplished its mission. It reminded you of what Robert Altman was all about. His life work can be summed up thus: I'm not making movies to narc you out. I'm not making movies so you can forget your pain. I'm telling stories of passionate people, heroes and failures, who just might clue you in to cutting a path toward your own redemption.

I cried over and over as I watched it. It was touching and moving and an inspiration. It also happened to summarize much of the backdrop to my own life as a moviegoer.

Altman's story is a good one, and this flick tells it.


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