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Hollywood Director (04:19)


Robert Altman looks for new ways to tell stories and helps actors express hidden talents. His films depict aspects of real life.

Altman's Background (04:31)

Altman is born in Kansas City to a wealthy family. He attends Catholic schools, a military academy, and becomes an Air Force pilot. He directs industrial films before writing and directing "The Delinquents," and working with Alfred Hitchcock.

Altman's Early Films (04:55)

Altman works in television for over 10 years before returning to movies. He directs the "Countdown," "That Cold Day in the Park," and "M.A.S.H."

"New" Hollywood (08:19)

Power dynamics are changing in the film industry when Altman releases "Brewster McCloud" in 1970. He directs "McCabe & Mrs. Miller," "Images," "The Long Goodbye," "Thieves Like Us," and "California Split."

"Nashville" (07:30)

Altman releases the hit country music film in 1975; it represents a microcosm of America. He directs "Buffalo Bill and the Indians, or Sitting Bull's History Lesson," "3 Women," and "A Wedding."

"Popeye" (04:06)

Altman returns to comedy after the failure of a science fiction movie. His 1980 film receives bad reviews but makes money. He directs "Come back to the 5 & Dime Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean."

"The Player" (04:03)

Altman releases a series of low-budget films in the 1980s. Many view his 1992 satirical film as a true comeback.

Altman's Later Films (07:16)

Altman releases "Short Cuts" in 1993. He directs "Prêt-à-Porter," a series of crime films, and "Dr. T & the Women" before returning to critical acclaim with "Gosford Park." His final films are "The Company" and "A Prairie Home Companion."

Credits: Robert Altman (00:41)

Credits: Robert Altman

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American Film Director, Robert Altman was born in 1925. A five-time nominee of the Academy Award for Best Director, he was considered a "maverick" in making films with his satirical aesthetic. He is consistently ranked as one of the greatest and most influential filmmakers in American cinema, with a reputation for being "anti-Hollywood" and non-conformist in both his themes and directing style. His films include MASH (1970), McCabe & Mrs. Miller (1971), Nashville (1975), The Player (1992) and Gosford Park (2001).

Length: 46 minutes

Item#: BVL205763

ISBN: 978-1-64867-796-0

Copyright date: ©2020

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