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Robert Altman (1925 – 2006)

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The director of my favourite pic loses the fight


Half-way through “The Player Returns” – Michael Tolkin’s literary follow-up to the fantastic Hollywood satire – at the moment, and as I read, I picture the inevitable film version in my mind. Now that Robert Altman – director of the original “Player” (1991) – is gone, that vision’s going to have to be tweaked…. Considerably.

One of the finest filmmakers of our time, Altman was more one great movie though – he was the man of many. “Nashville”, “M.A.S.H”, “Gosford Park”, “McCabe and Mrs.Miller”…. the list goes on.

Altman had a good innings – he was 81 – but boy, will many miss him. His films were so singular…. So unique…. Such different beasts to well, everything else out there.

The filmmaker, whose life was overtaken by cancer in recent years, was about to prep his new movie – a typically Altmanesque-sounding project about a Texas endurance contest where the locals compete to win a Nissan Hardbody.

“No other filmmaker has gotten a better shake than I have,” Altman once said. “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.”

“Bob embodied the directors’ ideal: a fiercely independent voice that was always challenging convention,” DGA president Michael Apted said. “In doing so, he created a body of work of breathtaking diversity.”

Altman is survived by his wife, Kathryn, and six children, Christine Westphal, Michael Altman, Stephen Altman, Connie Corriere, Robert Reed Altman and Matthew Altman, as well as 12 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

Rest in Peace Sir….

…..And please Hollywood, don’t stuff up “The Player Returns” pic just because the master is gone. Do him a service…. Keep it classy. (In other words, get your fuckin’ hands away from that script Ratner!)

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