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Wednesday, November 22, 2006

R.I.P. Robert Altman 

(a really cool pic of Altman would be here if blogger actually worked)

One of my absolute favorite filmmakers passed away Monday night at the age of 81. Creator of such timeless films as Nashville, McCabe and Mrs Miller, M.A.S.H., The Player, Short Cuts.....god, the list seems endless. Admittedly I haven't loved all of his films, but the gems still shine incredibly bright.

I loved Altman because he could always do what he wanted to do as an artist no matter how pervasive the major film industry got. He was a rebel, but with an actual cause - that being the filmmaker who provided a striking and truthful view of the human condition.

A few years ago, I attended a special screening of Nashville in San Francisco followed by a live interview with Altman. Nashville is my favorite film of his and I had not seen it on the big screen since I was a child. About halfway through it, the film disintegrated in the projector. It actually looked really cool although a lot of people were upset. But they were able to resume the screening and all was well. It was a beautiful evening.

Man, the last post is also about someone dying. That's depressing.



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