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Robert Altman

Lowest Rated:   13% Quintet (1979)
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Birthplace:   Kansas City, Missouri, USA
During the 1970s, an era widely recognized as a renaissance period of American moviemaking, few directors enjoyed greater prominence than Robert Altman. An iconoclast whose work acutely attacked the conventions of genre filmmaking, Altman both satirized and revitalized such warhorses as the Western, the musical, and the crime drama, waging war on the sterile artifice of mainstream storytelling by creating a singularly sprawling and deliberately messy cinematic world bursting at the seams with sounds, images, characters, and plot lines. Famed for his inventive brand of overlapping (and often improvisational) dialogue and an acknowledged master of modern camera technique, Altman's quixotic career has been uneven at best, yet he remains a pivotal figure of contemporary cinema, a true maverick responsible for many of the defining motion pictures of his times.Born February 20, 1925, in Kansas City, MO, Altman was educated in Jesuit schools prior to joining the Army at the age of 18; over the course of WWII, he flew over 50 bombing missions in Borneo and the Dutch East Indies. Upon his discharge in 1947, Altman studied engineering at the University of Missouri, later inventing a tattooing machine designed for the identification of dogs. He entered filmmaking only as a whim, selling to RKO the script for the 1948 picture The Bodyguard, which he co-wrote with Richard Fleischer. Altman's immediate success encouraged him to move to New York City, where he attempted to forge a career as a writer; he enjoyed little luck, however, and after a similarly fruitless trip to the West Coast, he returned to Kansas City, accepting a job as a director, writer, cameraman, and editor of industrial films for the Calvin Company.After helming some 65 industrial films and documentaries, by 1955 Altman had secured over $60,000 dollars in financing from local backers to make his own feature; two years later, the finished product, titled The Delinquents, was purchased by United Artists for 150,000, dollars. Alfred Hitchcock soon tapped him as a director for his CBS television anthology series Alfred Hitchcock Presents. After just two episodes, he went on to direct episodes of Bonanza, Combat!, and The Kraft Television Theater. Altman wouldn't direct another movie until 1969's That Cold Day in the Park. For his next project, he agreed to adapt a little-known Korean War-era novel satirizing life in the armed services; the film had already been passed over by over a dozen other filmmakers. Upon its 1970 release, however, M*A*S*H was widely hailed as an immediate classic, winning the Palm d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival and netting six Academy Award nominations. Now recognized as a major talent, Altman fielded countless offers to direct big-budget studio films, but instead opted to develop the surreal and experimental Brewster McCloud under his own Lions Gate imprint.With the 1971 revisionist Western McCabe and Mrs. Miller, however, Altman returned to form in stunning fashion. In a class of directors like Martin Scorsese, Francis Ford Coppola, and Woody Allen, Altman helped lead a fantastic artistic movement in '70s film, from the atmospheric Raymond Chandler adaptation The Long Goodbye to the Depression-era romantic caper Thieves Like Us to the gambling study California Split.It was with his 1975 masterpiece Nashville, however, that Altman truly reentered the American cultural consciousness. The movie was hailed from many corners as one of the decade's greatest works, earning five Oscar nominations. A sprawling, intricate meditation on show business and politics featuring some two dozen major characters, Nashville brought Altman's newly-developed Lion's Gate eight-track sound system to its full realization, allowing him to record sound live on the set with microphones instead of more cumbersome equipment, eliminating post-dubbing and making possible later mixing and unmixing to achieve a dense, multi-layered soundtrack. Altman next unveiled Buffalo Bill and t

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
67% Altman
  • Actor
2014
No Score Yet The Magic Bond
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
2014
No Score Yet Pot Au Feu
  • Director
2014
No Score Yet Nightmare In Chicago
  • Director
2012
No Score Yet Luck, Trust & Ketchup: Robert Altman in Carver Country
  • Actor
2011
No Score Yet O Lucky Malcolm!
  • Actor
2006
81% A Prairie Home Companion
  • Director
  • Producer
2006
No Score Yet Before the Nickelodeon: The Early Cinema of Edwin S. Porter
  • Actor
2006
No Score Yet Elio Petri... appunti su un autore
  • Actor
2005
No Score Yet The American Ruling Class
  • Actor
2005
100% Z Channel: A Magnificent Obsession
  • Actor
2004
71% The Company
  • Producer
  • Director
2003
77% A Decade Under the Influence
  • Actor
2003
86% Gosford Park
  • Director
  • Producer
$41.3M 2001
57% Dr. T and the Women
  • Producer
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
$12.2M 2000
27% Trixie
  • Producer
2000
No Score Yet The Opera Lover
  • Marty
1999
86% Cookie's Fortune
  • Director
  • Producer
1999
74% Afterglow
  • Producer
1997
60% The Gingerbread Man
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
1997
63% Kansas City
  • Producer
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
1996
No Score Yet Robert Altman's Jazz '34: Remembrances of Kansas City Swing
  • Director
  • Producer
1996
26% Ready to Wear (Prêt-à-Porter)
  • Director
  • Producer
1994
74% Mrs. Parker and the Vicious Circle (Mrs. Parker and the Round Table)
  • Producer
1994
95% Short Cuts
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
  • Producer
1993
98% The Player
  • Director
1992
88% Vincent & Theo
  • Director
1990
No Score Yet Hollywood Mavericks
  • Actor
1990
No Score Yet Dumb Waiter
  • Director
1989
No Score Yet The Caine Mutiny Court-Martial
  • Director
  • Producer
1988
50% Aria
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
1988
No Score Yet O.C. and Stiggs
  • Producer
  • Director
1987
No Score Yet Basements
  • Director
1987
25% Beyond Therapy
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
1987
75% Fool for Love
  • Director
1985
77% Secret Honor
  • Producer
  • Director
1984
56% Streamers
  • Producer
  • Director
1983
No Score Yet Come Back to the 5 & Dime Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean
  • Director
1982
25% Endless Love
  • Hotel Manager
1981
59% Popeye
  • Director
1980
No Score Yet Health
  • Screenwriter
  • Producer
  • Director
1980
No Score Yet A Perfect Couple
  • Producer
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
1979
13% Quintet
  • Screenwriter
1979
No Score Yet Rich Kids
  • Producer
  • Executive Producer
1979
78% A Wedding
  • Producer
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
  • Actor
1978
75% Remember My Name
  • Producer
1978
96% 3 Women
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
  • Producer
1977
100% The Late Show
  • Producer
1977
No Score Yet Welcome to L.A.
  • Producer
1976
82% Buffalo Bill and the Indians, or Sitting Bull's History Lesson
  • Producer
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
1976
94% Nashville
  • Producer
  • Director
1975
93% California Split
  • Producer
  • Director
1974
89% Thieves Like Us
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
1974
97% The Long Goodbye
  • Director
1973
No Score Yet Images
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
1972
89% McCabe & Mrs. Miller
  • Director
  • Producer
  • Screenwriter
1971
83% Brewster McCloud
  • Director
1971
87% M*A*S*H
  • Director
1970
43% That Cold Day in the Park
  • Director
1969
No Score Yet Countdown
  • Director
  • Actor
1968
No Score Yet The James Dean Story
  • Producer
  • Director
1957
No Score Yet The Delinquents
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
  • Producer
1957
No Score Yet The James Dean Story
  • Director
1957
No Score Yet Corn's-A-Poppin'
  • Screenwriter
1956
No Score Yet Bodyguard
  • Screenwriter
1948
83% The Secret Life of Walter Mitty
  • Man Drinking
1947

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet Gun
1997
  • Director
  • Executive Producer
  • Producer
  • 1997
No Score Yet Saturday Night Live
1975
  • Director
  • 1977
No Score Yet Great Performances
2000
  • Director

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