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Altman (2014)

TV-PG | | Documentary | 4 November 2014 (USA)
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A look at the life and work of American film-maker Robert Altman.

Director:

Ron Mann

Writer:

Len Blum
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Michael Murphy ... Himself
Robert Altman ... Himself (archive footage)
Kathryn Reed Kathryn Reed ... Herself (as Kathryn Reed Altman)
Sally Kellerman ... Herself
James Caan ... Himself
Donald Sutherland ... Himself (archive footage)
Elliott Gould ... Himself
Dick Cavett ... Himself (archive footage)
Tommy Thompson Tommy Thompson ... Himself (archive footage)
Vilmos Zsigmond ... Himself (archive footage)
Matthew Reed Altman Matthew Reed Altman ... Himself (voice)
Stephen Altman ... Himself (voice)
Keith Carradine ... Himself
Richard Nixon ... Himself (archive footage)
Lily Tomlin ... Herself
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A look at the life and work of American film-maker Robert Altman.

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Documentary

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Official Sites:

Official site [Japan]

Country:

Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 November 2014 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Όλτμαν See more »

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Sphinx Productions See more »
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Color
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Quotes

Interviewer: Altmaneseque. What does it mean?
Julianne Moore: How vulnerable we are.
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Crazy Credits

No hippies were harmed in the making of this movie. See more »

Connections

Features Quintet (1979) See more »

Soundtracks

Piano Concerto No.2
(uncredited)
from Brief Encounter (1945)
Music by Sergei Rachmaninoff
Played by Eileen Joyce with The National Symphony Orchestra
Conducted by Muir Mathieson
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Portrait of an Artist
2 November 2014 | by clarkj-565-161336See all my reviews

I am fascinated by the artistic process, how things are created, what motivates the artist, what obstacles are encountered and how they are overcome. In this documentary, I think Ron Mann has succinctly put together the various factors that motivated Robert Altman and made his career so long and successful. I felt I learned a lot more about the movie making process and artistic creation in general.

Simple things we now take for granted are important. For instance, putting together a team of people that work well together, giving people a break and letting them shine. These were radical ideas in the era of C2C Command and Control studio structures, where the word was passed down from on high. How about two people arguing, both speaking at the same time. Adds to the emotion and conflict right? Altman pioneered the use of multiple soundtracks to get right into a dialogue.

What I found particularly interesting was how Altman dealt with career setbacks. Each time things did not seem to be going his way (at least by the standards of others), he simply reinvented himself by turning to a different genre of film or theatre or production. When confronted by harsh critics, he simply shrugged it off and kept on working with undiminished enthusiasm. What a wonderful role model for young people starting off on a career. Bravo, great doc!!


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