Tuesday, November 21, 2006

DEATH OF AN ICON: ROBERT ALTMAN, DEAD AT 81

LOS ANGELES--Maverick filmmaker Robert Altman (1925-2006)has died in a Los Angeles hospital of currently undisclosed-causes, though a heart-attack is likely. Mr. Altman was known for directing M.A.S.H. (1970), Nashville (1975), 3 Women (1977), Gosford Park (2001), Short Cuts (1993), The Player (1992), Prarie Home Companion (2006), Private Honor (1984, one of my favorites), and many-more classics of independent film. He was a great man who showed the world that Hollywood isn't the only-route to make a movie, a member of a dying-breed of indie-filmmakers in a world of followers and yes-men (like Uwe Boll). Robert Altman was also a veteran of WWII. He will be missed by millions because he loved people. I recommend virtually all of his films, just not Kansas City, it's awful! ;0) I strongly-recommend cineastes watch his Private Honor, however, it is a damning-statement on our political system by none-other than the late Richard Nixon. Nixon mailed Altman a signed-copy of one of his own books after seeing the film. He loved it.

PS: It appears Mr. Altman died from complications related to cancer. What a man.