The life of Robert Altman over the course of his career as a filmmaker is told in roughly chronological order. It is presented largely through archival footage, including of his interviews and of his and his longtime wife Kathryn Reed's home movies. It includes his rocky start in Hollywood as an aspiring screenwriter, which instead led to him working as a general filmmaker for an industrial film company. This work led to directing assignments for a number of television series back in Hollywood, where he butted heads with a number of studio executives and producers who did not appreciate his style of filmmaking in his desire to insert a sense a realism in whatever the project, that realism which includes hanging story-lines and overlapping dialogue, often in multiple equally important conversations in a single setting which forces the viewer to decide which conversation he/she wants to focus. This situation often led to him trying to achieve what he wanted either in not telling or ...
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One day, years and years ago, just after the war, Bob had nothing to do and he went to a theater in the middle of the afternoon to see a movie. Not a Hollywood movie, a British movie.
Brief Encounter - Directed by DAVID LEAN - 1945
He said the main character was not glamorous. Not a babe. And at first he wondered why he was even watching it. But, twenty minutes later he was in tears and had fallen in love with her. And it made him feel that it wasn't just a movie.
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