Tuesday, November 21, 2006

Robert Altman Dead

LOS ANGELES - Robert Altman, the caustic and irreverent satirist behind "M-A-S-H," "Nashville" and "The Player" who made a career out of bucking Hollywood management and story conventions, died at a Los Angeles Hospital, his Sandcastle 5 Productions Company said Tuesday. He was 81.

The director died Monday night, Joshua Astrachan, a producer at Altman's Sandcastle 5 Productions in New York City, told The Associated Press.

The cause of death wasn't disclosed. A news release was expected later in the day, Astrachan said.

A five-time Academy Award nominee for best director, most recently for 2001's "Gosford Park," he finally won a lifetime achievement Oscar in 2006.

"No other filmmaker has gotten a better shake than I have," Altman said while accepting the award. "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."

He will be sorely missed. By some more than others.


Blogger Kevin said...

What a loss.

11/22/06, 9:28 AM  
Blogger Chas. said...

Indeed. Thanks for posting that great intro that Streep and Tomlin did at the Oscars. I watched M*A*S*H again last night and cried at the end. He was a genius ... a pure genius.

11/22/06, 9:54 AM  
Blogger Scott said...

I was thinking of renting Gosford Park to watch over the weekend, since I enjoyed it so much at your house last year.

Maybe give MASH another shot (having grown up on the series, I have always had a hard time giving that movie a fair shake).

11/22/06, 11:54 AM  
Blogger Chas. said...

Duuuuuuude! The movie is far better than the television show. Much darker and far funnier ... IMHO.

Started rewatching NASHVILLE last night too. Another brilliant movie if you have not seen it.

11/22/06, 12:47 PM  
Blogger Scott said...

Of course I've seen nashville. I've seen MASH, too, but in my head, MASH is long-form, meant to be watched and savored over years, not minutes.

I get that I'm backwards :)

11/22/06, 2:19 PM  

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