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How Robert Altman Changed the Movies

Monday, August 04, 2014

Director Robert Altman Director Robert Altman (Robert Altman/EPIX)

Director Robert Altman left an indelible mark not only on cinema but also on the culture. His films—"M*A*S*H," "McCabe & Mrs. Miller," "Nashville," "The Player," "Short Cuts," "Gosford Park," and "A Prairie Home Companion"—defied Hollywood conventions. Kathryn Reed Altman, Robert Alman’s widow, and the actor Bob Balaban discuss the filmmaker’s influential work and uncompromising vision, and the new documentary, "Altman," directed by filmmaker Ron Mann. Altman premieres on EPIX on August 6 at 8pm.

Guests:

Kathryn Reed Altman and Bob Balaban

Comments [4]

RK from NJ

The title for this segment is misleading because how Altman changed the movies was not really addressed. Rather, it was a superficial look at his life and work in the movies. As a result, I was very disappointed with the listen, something I've never been with a Lopate interview.

Aug. 05 2014 02:47 AM
jgarbuz from Queens

Perhaps it was indeed his lack of predictability that made most of his movies, putting MASH aside, uninteresting to me.
Perhaps most people do prefer a degree of predictability in their lives and entertainment, and not just a series of disruptions. That's more for the young. Chaos is for the young; stability for most of the others.

Aug. 04 2014 12:53 PM
jgarbuz from Queens

Perhaps it was indeed his lack of predictability that made most of his movies, putting MASH aside, uninteresting to me.
Perhaps most people do prefer a degree of predictability in their lives and entertainment, and not just a series of disruptions. That's more for the young. Chaos is for the young; stability for most of the others.

Aug. 04 2014 12:52 PM

M*A*S*H* was the destination for my first date. So, of course, Altman's films are a part of me. Some more than others but none of his work was ever predictable...never boring.

Aug. 04 2014 12:11 PM

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