Robert Altman: The Oral Biography

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Vintage Books, 2010 - Biography & Autobiography - 560 pages
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Robert Altman--visionary director, hard-partying hedonist, eccentric family man, Hollywood legend--comes roaring to life in this rollicking oral biography. After an all-American boyhood in Kansas City, a stint flying bombers in World War II, and jobs ranging from dog tattoo entrepreneur to television director, Robert Altman burst onto the scene in 1970 with M*A*S*H. He reinvented American filmmaking, and went on to produce such masterpieces as McCabe & Mrs. Miller, Nashville, The Player, Short Cuts, and Gosford Park. In Robert Altman, Mitchell Zuckoff has woven together Altman's final interviews; an incredible cast of voices including Meryl Streep, Warren Beatty, Paul Newman, among scores of others; and contemporary reviews and news accounts into a riveting tale of an extraordinary life.

 

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User Review  - le.vert.galant - LibraryThing

This book really captures the spirit of Robert Altman, or at least the spirit that is conveyed through his work. Like any good book on cinema, it makes one want to watch the films. I wouldn't call the ... Read full review

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User Review  - MSarki - LibraryThing

Very nice work. With all the interviews by the people who knew Robert Altman the best, I feel we got a very good picture of the man as well as the artist. He was a fine director who appreciated people who worked hard both in their art and play. Read full review

Contents

Nashville
273
Diamond Cutter
291
Active Verbs
310
Scotty
337
Popeye
347
19812006
361
The Player
404
Short Cuts
423
Mr A and the Women
460
Home Stretch
467
Fatherhood II
483
Not a Tragedy
498
A Note on Methods 5 II
513
Filmography
526
Awards and Honors
539
Copyright

Heart in a Cooler
440

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About the author (2010)

Mitchell Zuckoff is a professor of journalism at Boston University. He is the author of three previous books, most recently Ponzi's Scheme: The True Story of A Financial Legend. As a reporter with The Boston Globe, he was a finalist for a Pulitzer Prize and the recipient of numerous national writing awards.

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