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Publisher Comments:

“A big, comprehensive, flesh-and-blood account of Altman’s persona and exploits. . . . A] sprawling, many-faceted story.” —Janet Maslin, The New York Times

 

“Quite special. . . . This is a smart, amusing, lively book, full of anecdotes and a generous step towards perceiving the glorious and perverse ways of Altman himself. . . . We owe him plenty.” —David Thomson, The New Republic

 

“Invaluable, ingenious and formally unique. . . . Sprawling, cacophonous, contradictory, loopy, laugh-out-loud funny. . . . Something that resembles an Altman film. . . . Altman, that bearded bastard, would have loved it.” —David Fear, Time Out New York

 

“I just now put Robert Altman: The Oral Biography] down feeling heartbroken but happily and deeply inspired. . . . Wonderful.” —Wes Anderson

 

“Zuckoff’s biography is like his subject’s movies, filled with a multiplicity of voices and averse to defining ‘meaning.’  Yet in the end, readers understand Altman’s stubborn vision, his refusal to compromise with commerce, and his hard-earned, eccentric genius.” —Chuck Leddy, The Boston Globe

 

“ Zuckoff] uses a light editorial hand, allowing a wide range of contributors to have their say. . . . A comprehensive, 360-degree look at a complicated subject.” —Toby Young, Wall Street Journal

 

“A positively ‘Altmanesque’ treatment. . . . Altman] made a great Western, a great anti-war movie, a great period piece, a great detective picture, a great ballet movie and the how-Hollywood-works movie. And Zuckoff . . . is an apt choice to corner an old fast-talker like Altman.” —Roger Moore, Orlando Sentinel

 

“ There are] many surprising and revealing comments that Zuckoff has assembled in his fittingly rambling book. . . . Life is complicated, often messy—as Altman showed us—and his life, as seen in Zuckoff’s book, was no exception.” —San Francisco Chronicle

 

“ A] fitting tribute to one of Hollywood’s greatest directors. . . . A rebel to the end, Altman’s spirit is perfectly captured in this fascinating read.” —Publishers Weekly (starred review)

 

“An engrossing, comprehensive book that gives invaluable insight into the life and work of a truly original artist.” —Kirkus Reviews

From the Hardcover edition.

Synopsis:

Draws on the perspectives of close family members, colleagues, and actors to assess the iconic director's life and artistic achievements, providing coverage of such topics as his womanizing reputation, his heart transplant, and the creations of such films as M*A*S*H and The Player. By the Pulitzer Prize-finalist author of Ponzi's Scheme.

Synopsis:

The late Robert Altman--visionary director, hard-partying hedonist, eccentric family man, Hollywood legend--comes roaring to life in this rollicking cinematic biography, told in a chorus of voices that can only be called Altmanesque.

About the Author

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.

Table of Contents

Act I: 1925–1969

1. Kansas City

2. Into the River

3. 307th Bomb Group

4. Making Pictures

5. The Calvin Company

6. The Delinquents

7. California

8. Kathryn

9. Cheese

10. No Milk

11. Countdown

Act II: 1970–1980

12. M*A*S*H

13. After M*A*S*H

14. McCabe

15. Fatherhood I

16. Mirrors

17. Split, California

18. Nashville

19. Diamond Cutter

20. Active Verbs

21. Scotty

22. Popeye

Act III: 1981–2006

23. The Wilderness

24. "I Made This"

25. The Player

26. Short Cuts

27. Heart in a Cooler

28. Mr. A and the Women

29. Home Stretch

30. Fatherhood II

31. Boots On

32. Not a Tragedy

A Note on Methods

Cast of Characters

Filmography

Awards and Honors

Acknowledgments

List of Illustrations

Index

Cast of Characters

The following are brief, Altman-centric biographies of people whose interviews are included in this book. Not included are journalists, reviewers, authors, and others whose writings and comments are excerpted throughout.

Jane Adams is an actress who played Junior League do-gooder Nettie Bolt in Kansas City and director Emily Shapiro in Robert Altman’s stage production of Arthur Miller’s Resurrection Blues.

Lou Adler is a legendary music producer who coproduced the 1967 Monterey International Pop Music Festival. The documentary of the event led him into the film business and to his role as producer of Brewster McCloud.

Anouk Aimée is an award-winning French film actress who became an international star from her role in A Man and a Woman, directed by Claude Lelouch. She played the character Simone Lowenthal in Prt-

Product Details

ISBN:
9780307273352
Subtitle:
The Oral Biography
Publisher:
Alfred A. Knopf
Author:
Zuckoff, Mitchell
Author:
Mitchell Zuckoff
Subject:
Performing Arts : Film & Video - General
Subject:
Biography & Autobiography : Entertainment & Performing Arts
Subject:
Film & Video - General
Subject:
Entertainment & Performing Arts - General
Subject:
Motion picture producers and directors
Subject:
Altman, Robert
Subject:
Entertainment & Performing Arts - Movie Directors
Subject:
Film & Video - Direction & Production
Subject:
Film - General
Subject:
Audio Books-Biography
Subject:
Audio Books-Film and Television
Subject:
Biography-Entertainment and Performing Arts
Subject:
DRAMA / General
Subject:
Film and Television-Directors
Subject:
Film and Television-Production Biographies
Subject:
NEWARRIVAL-BIOGRAPHY
Subject:
Film and Television-Production
Subject:
main_subject
Subject:
all_subjects
Publication Date:
20091020
Binding:
ELECTRONIC
Language:
English
Pages:
560

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Robert Altman: The Oral Biography
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Product details 560 pages Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group - English 9780307273352 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , Draws on the perspectives of close family members, colleagues, and actors to assess the iconic director's life and artistic achievements, providing coverage of such topics as his womanizing reputation, his heart transplant, and the creations of such films as M*A*S*H and The Player. By the Pulitzer Prize-finalist author of Ponzi's Scheme.
"Synopsis" by , The late Robert Altman--visionary director, hard-partying hedonist, eccentric family man, Hollywood legend--comes roaring to life in this rollicking cinematic biography, told in a chorus of voices that can only be called Altmanesque.
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