Tuesday, November 21, 2006

Film: RIP Robert Altman (1925 - 2006)

I almost got the chance to meet director Robert Altman last summer while working press for his (then) forthcoming feature film A Prairie Home Companion which was based on Garrison Keillor's weekly public radio show of the same name but the aging director couldn't make it to the Four Seasons...I hoped that I'd eventually get to meet the master of the long sequence shot who brought the cinema world gems like Brewster McCloud, M.A.S.H., Nashville, The Player and Gosford Park...dude, was one of the last of a kind of artist who fought hard to stay true to his craft and I know that his passing is sending shockwaves all over town, exemplified in a roundtable for PHC, his last film, with Keillor Meryl Streep and Lily Tomlin ... as with everyone I've ever spoken to who has worked with the guy, his laid-back style and attention to the human narrative of his stories made him a revered figure within the industry, evidenced by that honorary Oscar for outstanding film achievements" RIP Mr. Altman, respect...

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