Robert Altman (1925-2006)

Legendary director Robert Altman, who received a lifetime achievement Oscar in March, passed away Monday night due to undisclosed causes. New York Times Obituary

A five-time-Academy Award nominee, Altman is known for his satire and idosyncratic directing style seen in such films as M*A*S*H, Nashville, Gosford Park, The Player, Short Cuts, McCabe and Mrs Miller and most recently, 2006’s A Prairie Home Companion.

Altman is survived by his wife, Kathryn and his five children.
Although I have not seen all of Altman’s films (just M*A*S*H and A Prairie Home Companion), this news comes as a shock. A Prairie Home Companion shows that after 50 years in the entertainment industry, Altman was still at his top directorial form.

Altman was a great filmmaker who deserves something more than recognition, praise, or an Academy Award.

Altman said this upon accepting his lifetime achievement award:

No other filmmaker has gotten a better shake than I have. I’m very fortunate in my career. I’ve never had to direct a film I didn’t choose or develop. My love for filmmaking has given me an entree to the world and to the human condition.”

He will be missed.

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2 thoughts on “Robert Altman (1925-2006)”

  1. I’m so sad to see him go. The film world has lost one of its greatest artists. I didn’t find out about his death until tonight when my dad told me. I’ve just been too busy to keep up with Hollywood news. I need to go watch one of his movies now. I’ll be a bit depressed for a while.

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