Tanner on Tanner (2004– )

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Season:

1

Year:

2004
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Cast

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 Alex Tanner (4 episodes, 2004)
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 Jack Tanner (4 episodes, 2004)
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 T.J. Cavanaugh (4 episodes, 2004)
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 Deke Connors (4 episodes, 2004)
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 Andrea Spinelli (4 episodes, 2004)
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 Stuart DeBarge (4 episodes, 2004)
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 Salim Barik / ... (4 episodes, 2004)
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 Himself (2 episodes, 2004)
Carl Bernstein ...
 Himself (2 episodes, 2004)
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 Herself (2 episodes, 2004)
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 Himself (2 episodes, 2004)
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 Himself (2 episodes, 2004)
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 Herself (2 episodes, 2004)
Jim Fyfe ...
 Emile Berkoff (2 episodes, 2004)
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 Himself (2 episodes, 2004)
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 Himself (2 episodes, 2004)
Michael Kaycheck ...
 New York policeman (2 episodes, 2004)
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 Rebecca (2 episodes, 2004)
Marla Sucharetza ...
 Roxanne Newman (2 episodes, 2004)
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 Ryan (2 episodes, 2004)
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 Saleswoman (2 episodes, 2004)
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"Everybody's Making Pictures," observes Martin Scorsese in this sly sequel to Robert Altman and Garry Trudeau's Emmy Award-winning satirical miniseries... See full synopsis »

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5 October 2004 (USA)  »

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Tanner '04  »

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Cynthia Nixon, who plays the same role she did in the original, did this sequel to HBO's _"Tanner '88" (1988) (mini)_ as she was wrapping up work on Sex and the City (1998), also broadcast on HBO. In this series, her character has become a filmmaker and film teacher. In the last episode, a student asks her if she knows anyone "at HBO". See more »

Quotes

Alex Tanner: I'm 35 years old, my mom makes my car payment and my dad loans me the rest. I feel like I'm a poster child for assisted living.
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Features Charlie Rose (1991) See more »

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An uninteresting documentary film-maker, followed around by a slightly more interesting filmmaker, made by an interesting director, with mildly interesting results
29 November 2006 | by (The Dutch Mountains) – See all my reviews

This follow-up to Robert Altman's "Tanner '88" (1988) originally aired as a four-part TV-series on HBO. Michael Murphy and Cynthia Nixon reprise their roles as Jack Tanner and Alex Tanner, with the former presidential candidate now teaching at Michigan State, while his daughter is a Manhattan-based documentary filmmaker who also teaches at the New School.

Basically, there's only one real character in this film and that's daughter Alex Tanner. It's hardly a person one can sympathize with, since she is a self-indulgent howler with seemingly only one goal, rehabilitating her father, Jack Tanner, whom she adores unconditionally.

According to Altman the film is primarily a spoof on the new documentary film-making, which he didn't intended as such, he admitted in an interview. The question is, what was the original idea for the film?

Well, the writing suggests a much more dramatic approach, but on that level it doesn't work. But with Altman, you already know this is gonna be a loosely constructed stew, highly dependent on high-profile cameos, but the irony is that this film essentially has become what Altman claims his own film ended up to be, a spoof about film-making itself, and documentary film-making in particular. "Tanner on Tanner" is about nothing. Of course it's not a documentary, but filmed as one and looks like one, shot in verité style. It's not drama. It's no allegory on politics. It's - if anything - a self-indulgent look at the very process of film-making.

At one point, in the last part of the series, the student of Alex who is making a film about her film, proclaims: 'Look at Michael Moore. Old-fashioned documentary film-making is dead.'

In many ways this seems true, at least if you aspire your documentary to get any attention at festivals. Facts are for television, and it's only recently that the documentary has become an accepted cinematic approach. For a long time, there was only one form. The factual, the journalistic approach. Now there are many, but more so than ever, the documentary has become a political pamphlet, a very powerful piece of propaganda. This makes it much easier for us to judge them on their cinematic qualities, instead of their qualities as objective journalism or an authentic portrait of a certain subject or person.

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