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Robert Altman - The Oral Biography

Mitchell Zuckoff

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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. His outsized life and unique career are revealed as never before: here are the words of his family and friends, and a few enemies, as well as the agents, writers, crew members, producers, and stars who worked with him, including Meryl Streep, Warren Beatty, Tim Robbins, Julianne Moore, Paul Newman, Julie Christie, Elliott Gould, Martin Scorsese, Robin Williams, Cher, and many others. There is even Altman himself, in the form of his exclusive last interviews. After an all-American boyhood in Kansas City, a stint flying bombers through enemy fire in World War II, and jobs ranging from dog-tattoo entrepreneur to television director, Robert Altman burst onto the scene in 1970 with the movie M*A*S*H. He revolutionized American filmmaking, and, in a decade, produced masterpieces at an astonishing pace: McCabe & Mrs. Miller, Thieves Like Us, The Long Goodbye, 3 Women, and, of course, Nashville. Then, after a period of disillusionment with Hollywood-as well as Hollywood's disillusionment with him-he reinvented himself with a bold new set of masterworks: The Player, Short Cuts, and Gosford Park. Finally, just before the release of the last of his nearly forty movies, A Prairie Home Companion, he received an honorary Oscar for lifetime achievement from the Academy, which had snubbed him for so many years. Mitchell Zuckoff-who was working with Altman on his memoirs before he died-weaves Altman's final interviews, an incredible cast of voices, and contemporary reviews and news accounts, into a riveting tale of an extraordinary life. Here are page after page of revelations that force us to reevaluate Altman as a man and an artist, and to view his sprawling narratives with large casts, multiple story lines, and overlapping dialogue as unquestionably the work of a modern genius. From the Hardcover edition

Language:

English

Narrators:

Various

Length:

6h 26m


Chapters

Free Sample

05:00

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

00:51


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

07:49


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

00:10


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

05:46


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

07:14


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

07:59


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

08:20


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

04:52


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

07:54


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

07:47


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

03:33


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

07:51


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

06:21


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

01:21


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

05:44


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

05:33


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

00:09


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

06:11


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

05:59


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

06:40


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

07:05


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

06:56


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

01:20


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

01:51


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

05:10


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

05:45


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

06:01


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

05:55


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

07:14


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

01:26


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

01:00


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

01:21


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

06:10


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

01:37


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

06:08


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

06:54


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

05:54


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

07:25


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

06:54


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

00:05


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

08:00


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

08:00


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

07:46


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

09:38


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

07:20


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

00:09


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

07:14


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

00:05


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

03:25


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

07:55


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

04:02


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

07:59


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

08:00


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

07:48


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

07:28


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

07:36


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

07:33


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

03:50


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

05:07


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

06:12


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

05:59


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

04:24


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

05:25


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

06:21


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

05:06


Chapter 66
Chapter 66

06:48


Chapter 67
Chapter 67

06:26


Chapter 68
Chapter 68

06:04


Chapter 69
Chapter 69

07:08


Chapter 70
Chapter 70

06:35


Chapter 71
Chapter 71

01:16