USA: film director Robert Altman dies

Robert AltmanBy David Walsh:

American filmmaker Robert Altman dead at 81

23 November 2006

Robert Altman, whose film and television directing career began in the 1950s, died in Los Angeles Monday at the age of 81.

He had been battling cancer for at least 18 months.

Altman, as he revealed when he accepted an honorary award at the 2006 Academy Awards ceremony, also underwent a heart transplant some time in the 1990s.

He was one of the most interesting filmmakers of the post-studio era in Hollywood, responsible for such works as McCabe & Mrs. Miller (1971), Nashville (1975), The Player (1992), Short Cuts (1993) and Gosford Park (2001).

Born in Kansas City, Missouri in 1925, the son of a successful insurance salesman and inveterate gambler, Altman was raised a Catholic and educated in Jesuit schools.

He was a great reader as a child, later telling interviewers Michel Ciment and Bertrand Tavernier, “What formed me in my youth were the great realist writers of my epoch, Sherwood Anderson, Faulkner, Steinbeck, Hemingway.”

Clint Eastwood and Hollywood here.

Academy awards: here.

On Brokeback Mountain: here.

On Good Night, And Good Luck: here.

1 thought on “USA: film director Robert Altman dies

  1. Must see the film “Land of Plenty” by Wim Wenders
    Posted by: “wake911up”

    Fri Nov 24, 2006 8:20 pm (PST)
    Very powerful film on poverty, false patriotism, paranoia and the
    overall social & moral poverty from which we suffer.

    BE SURE to watch the Special Feature “Making of Land of Plenty”. Really
    gets you thinking.

    Film is low budget and shot in pseudo-documentary form with excellent
    character development and power.

    Go rent it!



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