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Robert Altman - The Oral Biography

Mitchell Zuckoff

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

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
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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:

18h 10m


Chapters

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

00:51


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

00:11


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

07:48


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

01:33


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

05:08


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

01:19


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

00:37


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

05:48


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

07:03


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

07:41


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

07:46


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

05:32


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

06:17


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

07:39


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

07:59


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

03:37


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

06:26


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

05:59


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

06:57


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

06:25


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

05:52


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

06:05


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

07:31


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

07:51


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

06:26


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

06:00


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

05:13


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

06:38


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

06:54


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

07:06


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

06:44


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

06:27


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

06:27


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

07:51


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

07:54


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

08:10


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

08:42


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

06:49


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

06:47


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

06:09


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

08:59


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

02:09


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

07:49


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

08:03


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

07:33


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

07:04


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

06:51


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

07:05


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

02:08


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

06:18


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

07:42


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

06:23


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

07:00


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

06:38


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

00:34


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

07:49


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

07:43


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

06:53


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

06:21


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

06:42


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

06:13


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

07:37


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

06:45


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

06:34


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

06:56


Chapter 66
Chapter 66

06:29


Chapter 67
Chapter 67

06:45


Chapter 68
Chapter 68

06:36


Chapter 69
Chapter 69

06:12


Chapter 70
Chapter 70

07:51


Chapter 71
Chapter 71

07:22


Chapter 72
Chapter 72

07:33


Chapter 73
Chapter 73

07:31


Chapter 74
Chapter 74

05:28


Chapter 75
Chapter 75

06:08


Chapter 76
Chapter 76

06:42


Chapter 77
Chapter 77

05:29


Chapter 78
Chapter 78

06:20


Chapter 79
Chapter 79

07:41


Chapter 80
Chapter 80

07:07


Chapter 81
Chapter 81

06:45


Chapter 82
Chapter 82

06:38


Chapter 83
Chapter 83

07:48


Chapter 84
Chapter 84

07:22


Chapter 85
Chapter 85

07:28


Chapter 86
Chapter 86

04:37


Chapter 87
Chapter 87

06:42


Chapter 88
Chapter 88

07:23


Chapter 89
Chapter 89

06:32


Chapter 90
Chapter 90

06:02


Chapter 91
Chapter 91

06:25


Chapter 92
Chapter 92

06:52


Chapter 93
Chapter 93

05:49


Chapter 94
Chapter 94

05:31


Chapter 95
Chapter 95

06:13


Chapter 96
Chapter 96

07:09


Chapter 97
Chapter 97

07:56


Chapter 98
Chapter 98

06:32


Chapter 99
Chapter 99

07:49


Chapter 100
Chapter 100

07:25


Chapter 101
Chapter 101

07:03


Chapter 102
Chapter 102

07:16


Chapter 103
Chapter 103

05:48


Chapter 104
Chapter 104

05:22


Chapter 105
Chapter 105

06:05


Chapter 106
Chapter 106

05:58


Chapter 107
Chapter 107

07:39


Chapter 108
Chapter 108

07:03


Chapter 109
Chapter 109

06:30


Chapter 110
Chapter 110

05:50


Chapter 111
Chapter 111

07:47


Chapter 112
Chapter 112

05:48


Chapter 113
Chapter 113

05:38


Chapter 114
Chapter 114

05:03


Chapter 115
Chapter 115

07:35


Chapter 116
Chapter 116

06:56


Chapter 117
Chapter 117

05:48


Chapter 118
Chapter 118

05:29


Chapter 119
Chapter 119

06:33


Chapter 120
Chapter 120

05:52


Chapter 121
Chapter 121

00:36


Chapter 122
Chapter 122

07:42


Chapter 123
Chapter 123

05:28


Chapter 124
Chapter 124

05:18


Chapter 125
Chapter 125

05:24


Chapter 126
Chapter 126

05:15


Chapter 127
Chapter 127

05:03


Chapter 128
Chapter 128

05:50


Chapter 129
Chapter 129

05:04


Chapter 130
Chapter 130

03:21


Chapter 131
Chapter 131

06:22


Chapter 132
Chapter 132

06:13


Chapter 133
Chapter 133

03:55


Chapter 134
Chapter 134

05:53


Chapter 135
Chapter 135

04:03


Chapter 136
Chapter 136

05:13


Chapter 137
Chapter 137

08:30


Chapter 138
Chapter 138

08:21


Chapter 139
Chapter 139

06:37


Chapter 140
Chapter 140

06:16


Chapter 141
Chapter 141

06:30


Chapter 142
Chapter 142

06:08


Chapter 143
Chapter 143

06:23


Chapter 144
Chapter 144

07:23


Chapter 145
Chapter 145

05:53


Chapter 146
Chapter 146

05:46


Chapter 147
Chapter 147

05:46


Chapter 148
Chapter 148

06:32


Chapter 149
Chapter 149

06:03


Chapter 150
Chapter 150

07:07


Chapter 151
Chapter 151

04:41


Chapter 152
Chapter 152

08:19


Chapter 153
Chapter 153

05:36


Chapter 154
Chapter 154

05:53


Chapter 155
Chapter 155

05:26


Chapter 156
Chapter 156

06:19


Chapter 157
Chapter 157

07:20


Chapter 158
Chapter 158

04:43


Chapter 159
Chapter 159

05:38


Chapter 160
Chapter 160

05:16


Chapter 161
Chapter 161

01:21


Chapter 162
Chapter 162

06:29


Chapter 163
Chapter 163

05:58


Chapter 164
Chapter 164

05:45


Chapter 165
Chapter 165

06:42


Chapter 166
Chapter 166

07:29


Chapter 167
Chapter 167

05:45


Chapter 168
Chapter 168

06:56


Chapter 169
Chapter 169

06:42


Chapter 170
Chapter 170

05:06


Chapter 171
Chapter 171

05:22


Chapter 172
Chapter 172

06:28


Chapter 173
Chapter 173

06:08


Chapter 174
Chapter 174

06:27


Chapter 175
Chapter 175

05:57


Chapter 176
Chapter 176

02:40


Chapter 177
Chapter 177

01:15