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Man 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. A very good book written through the many voices of people who lived and worked with Altman The chronological approach works well the portrait that emerges is that of a conflicted man with the temperament of a rascal and the ability to direct actors in a new and generous way The choice of creating a complex multifaceted portrait through many sometimes contradictory points of view is great and does Altman justiceThe many details about Altman s approach to filmmaking are fascinating and will likely be of interest to filmmakers photographers and even writersBEWARE despite its positioning as an oral biography this book is best READ not listened to in the audio version which I did but it was a mistake The book may be based on recorded interviews BUT these interviews are not what you ll hear in most cases you ll hear actors not the original interviewees READING the transcripts of the interviews sometimes with wholly unconvincing British of French accents depending on who is meant to be speaking This creates a very disturbing feeling as you listen on while the grammar is oral the words are clearly read not spoken It s a disaster Presumably retrieving and using the original interviews was not possible but the result is that you should probably READ this book as the experience of listening to it may be as it was for me unnerving

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Robert Altman

Og tattoo entrepreneur to television director Robert Altman burst onto the scene in 1970 with MASH 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 Alt. A fascinating biography told appropriately in a chorus of voices eminently readable It s a fitting tribute to a brilliant director maybe the best America has produced

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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 d. Writing this oral biography of Robert Altman was an amazing achievement for my favorite nonfiction author Mitchell Zuckoff I have the book but I decided to listen to the audiobook and use the book for clarification and to see the photos Mitchell interviewed many actors who worked with Altman over the years along with relatives friends producers film critics etc The list was exhaustive He worked closely with Altman himself until he died Altman s wife was very involved in the interviews and her perspective was always interesting and at times very funny If you re a fan of Altman s films you will find this interesting As Zuckoff says books have been written about each of Altman s films and this book certainly doesn t go into that much depth However if you d like to hear some of the backstories about certain films why he chose them how he picked the actors problems during filming or during the release how the actors view the films now etc this book will certainly entertain you In the audiobook version you do hear the voices of many actors and family members I thought this made listening enjoyable If you ve never seen a Bob Altman film skip this book and see some of his movies


10 thoughts on “Robert Altman

  1. says:

    Writing this oral biography of Robert Altman was an amazing achievement for my favorite nonfiction author Mitchell Zuckoff I have the book but I decided to listen to the audiobook and use the book for clarification and to see the photos Mitc

  2. says:

    A very good book in terms of getting even insight into Altman the man Incidentally or not??? he was a serious weed smoker but now I know he toked into his old age Pot brownies at the Oscars

  3. says:

    Bob The minute I say what a movie I've made is about I've narrowed everyone else's view of it If I say what it means to me its range to some event is limited to the viewer from that point onPaul Newman He was an original Being an original means that you're standing out there on thin ice sometimes But at least he was out there skating while everybody else was waiting for cold weatherA If you were to die and come

  4. says:

    Superb oral biography of a true American original I'll be honest before picking up this book I'd only seen a handful of Altman's films but after only a couple of chapters I knew I'd want to see of them soon I highly recommend the audiobook version which makes the oral biography aspect of the book come to life

  5. says:

    I have a fondness for episodic backstories when it comes to film biographies I count among my favorites King Cohn

  6. says:

    A fascinating biography told appropriately in a chorus of voices eminently readable It's a fitting tribute to a brilliant director maybe the be

  7. says:

    This is good I only read most of it but I really really liked it

  8. says:

    A very good book written through the many voices of people who lived and worked with Altman The chronological approach works well the portrait that emerges is that of a conflicted man with the temperament of a rascal and the ability to direct actors in a new and generous way The choice of creating a complex mult

  9. says:

    Good series of recollections from friends and family of Robert Altman with commentary on the filmmaker's life and artistry This isn't the definitive biography Altman deserves or was planning at the time of his death but it does shed some light on certain important events and films focusing mainly on his attitude and style as a director as wel

  10. says:

    Very interesting book very interesting life Well written well done

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