Tuesday, November 21, 2006

Robert Altman 1925-2006

Okay two in one day, and both obits! Today America lost a great director. Robert Altman passed away Monday night in LA. What can be said about this man that hasn't been said before. He's given us such films as The Player, M*A*S*H, Gosford Park, Short Cuts, Nashville, and McCabe and Mrs. Miller. Just this year he was given a life time achievement award by the academy. His style and his love for filmmaking were unbound, and he will be sorely missed. Altman directed actors like a maestro conducts an orchestra. Everyone wanted to work with Altman, and he was in a class with such greats as John Ford, Billy Wilder & Orson Welles.

My first Altman film that I ever saw was M*A*S*H, and I was hooked on it from the first frame. The darkness of the film, and yet the laughter the film gave us. You knew by watching the film you were watching something special. Altman gave us a lot of work, and thank God for that. His films will be studied, and revered forever.

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