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Robert Altman: The Oral Biography

Updated on March 14, 2011

Altman at work.

At the movies

My wife and I pick a lot of the movies we eventually see based on who directed them.  The Coen Brothers, David Lynch, Steven Spielberg, Alfred Hitchcock, Quentin Tarantino, Stanley Kubrick to name a few, and of course Robert Altman.

Altman  broke a few rules and set some standards.  He had his fair share of detractors but I'm not one of them.  My first exposure to Altman's work was in television.  One of my favorite programs as a child in the 50's was The Whirlybirds.  I liked the helicoptor show so much, I've never forgotten the names of the two main characters, Chuck Martin and P.T. Moore.

Although he directed a number of movies before 1970, M*A*S*H was my first "Altman" movie.  My expectations and preferences in movies would never be the same again.

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Robert Altman: The Oral Biography
Robert Altman: The Oral Biography

An oral biography in the tradition of Studs Terkel.


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      Don A. Hoglund 7 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids

      I am not always aware of directors. I was more a movie fan when I was younger and was drawn the Hitchcock and the Swedish director Bergman, I believe. I was more drwn to actors like Alec Guinness

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      Chip 7 years ago from Cold Mountain

      Yes! Tim Burton, by all means. Didn't mean for my list to be complete. Jack Skellington, Sally, and Frankenweinie are all dear friends! LOL

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      Nancy Hinchliff 7 years ago from Essex Junction, Vermont

      I agree, Altman is good. What about Tim Burton....he's extremely creative. Is he too off-the-wall for you?