Reactions: Robert Altman, dead at 81

robert altman, dead at 81

Obit: Robert Altman, the iconoclastic, prolific, periodically brilliant director of such films as “MASH,” “McCabe and Mrs. Miller,” “Nashville,” “The Player” and “Gosford Park,” died Monday at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles of complications due to cancer. He was 81. – Variety

Author and radio host Garrison Keillor, star of Altman’s last film A Prairie Home Companion, on the “actor’s director”:

“Mr. Altman loved making movies. He loved the chaos of shooting and the sociability of the crew and actors — he adored actors — and he loved the editing room and he especially loved sitting in a screening room and watching the thing over and over with other people. He didn’t care for the money end of things, he didn’t mind doing publicity, but when he was working he was in heaven.” – AP

See also: Roger Ebert’s Altman Home Companion (selected reviews), as well as GreenCine Daily’s comprehensive coverage of the web’s reaction to today’s loss, one of my favorites being the notion that Altman had effectively passed the torch to the next generation’s go-to guy for free-flowing, genre-busting, American ensemble pieces – P.T. Anderson, who aided Altman (some rumored that he damn near directed the film in his stead), due to his degenerating health, on the set of Prairie Home Companion.

And while we’re on the subject, the next question is, what will become of the fictional treatment of Hands on a Hardbody (based on the 1997 documentary), what would have likely been Altman’s next picture? – asks Variety

Posted by Ted Zee on November 21st 2006 | Home Page | 1 Comment Subscribe to this site's feed

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  1. culturalelite Says:

    Really sad news, Altman was the last true maerican auteur and never waivered from his own way of making films. The man was a true legend and actually made me truly sad when I heard the story.

    I’m glad he nurtured talent like PTA, and managed to pass the torch over to him.

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