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Catchfire
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posted 21 November 2006 10:37 AM      Profile for Catchfire   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
I know Josh posted this in the "inexorable" thread, but I think he deserves his own thread. It's okay with me.

Obituary

quote:
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.

My favourite Altman movie is The Long Goodbye (1973), where he displaces Raymond Chandler's Phillip Marlowe, who was always rather out of his depth in modernity, into the centreless world of the 1970s. It is an incredible movie, and a brilliant reworking of the noir genre.

quote:
Philip Marlowe: Nobody cares but me.
Terry Lennox: Well that's you, Marlowe. You'll never learn, you're a born loser.
Philip Marlowe: Yeah, I even lost my cat.

Of course, like all caustics, he provoked more than his share of ire. There's more than one thread on babble (I can't find one now, natch) about Altman's vile hatred for the Canadian film industry. Oh well.

[ 21 November 2006: Message edited by: Catchfire ]


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Catchfire
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posted 21 November 2006 05:32 PM      Profile for Catchfire   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Well, I found the relevant interview with Roger Ebert where Altman blasted filming American movies in Canada.
quote:
I think it's obscene to have a runaway production just because of some government who passes a law that gives you tax breaks. We've killed the business in Chicago, where the film [industry] started. I had a great crew. Everybody I used was from Chicago. There's no reason to let a political decision decide where a picture is shot. Why was "Chicago" made in Toronto? To save a couple of million dollars -- which, of course, doesn't go to the artists. On moral grounds, I won't do that.

The Chicago Sun-Times

I can't find the babble discussion on this interview, though. Besides, it doesn't stop me from loving (some) of his movies.


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Sharon
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posted 21 November 2006 06:38 PM      Profile for Sharon     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
I have come back only to say that Garrison Keillor (from A Prairie Home Companion) was on As It Happens earlier this evening -- a lovely interview -- and his second choice of favourite Altman movies (my first choice, as I noted in the earlier now-closed thread) was Come Back to the Five and Dime, Jimmy Dean Jimmy Dean. Gee, I loved that movie.
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Scott Piatkowski
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posted 21 November 2006 07:42 PM      Profile for Scott Piatkowski   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
I loved The Player, Short Cuts and M*A*S*H in particular.

Pret-A-Porter... well, I can think of a better way to spend 2.5 hours.

I'll confess that I hadn't realized that Jimmy Dean was an Altman pic (I saw it when I was much younger, and probably not fully aware of the role of directors).


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Lord Palmerston
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posted 21 November 2006 10:12 PM      Profile for Lord Palmerston     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
quote:
Originally posted by Catchfire:
I can't find the babble discussion on this interview, though. Besides, it doesn't stop me from loving (some) of his movies.

Why should it? It's a reasonable position except to hardcore Canadian nationalists.


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