Robert Altman: Jumping Off The Cliff

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Robert Altman: Jumping Off the Cliff

Robert Altman: Jumping Off the Cliff

From Library JournalExtensive acknowledgments testify to a thoroughly researched biography of the film director best known for M*A*S*H and Nashville . While describing the boozing, womanizing, and gambling that somehow catalzyed Altman's creativity, McGilligan stresses what many performing arts biographers shun: the actual making of TV shows ( Alfred Hitchcock, Bonanza, Combat ) and theatrical films. The author's view that Altman is the most important English-language director since the Sixties might be disputed. Complete film and TV credits and sharp writing make this suitable for general readers and film collections. It complements Gerald Plecki's Robert Altman (Twayne, 1985), which is thin on biography.- Kim Holston, American Inst. for Property and Liability Underwriters, Malvern, Pa.Copyright 1989 Reed Business Information, Inc.Traces the life and career of Robert Altman and discusses the production and critical reception of each of his filmsFrom Publishers WeeklyBased on prodigious research including dozens of interviews, this perceptive unauthorized biography pierces the mystique surrounding the maverick film director. Altman has encouraged his image as the lone genius in revolt against Hollywood, yet McGilligan ( Cagney ) shows how much his breakaway films of the 1970s--from McCabe and Mrs. Miller to California Split --depended on an unsung collaboration with his "talent trust" of friends and cohorts. Egomania, paranoia, drugs, temper tantrums, a "party-animal lifestyle" and isolation have plagued the wild boy from Kansas City, Mo., according to those interviewed here. McGilligan dutifully traces Altman's long apprenticeship, first making Midwestern industrial films, later as a relatively anonymous L.A. director of TV series ( Alfred Hitchcock Presents ; Whirlybirds ; The Millionaire ; Bonanza ; etc.). But, as he tracks the guarded director's career from M*A*S*H through the flops, fizzes and brilliant flashes of the late 1970s and '80s, the inner man remains frustratingly elusive. Photos.Copyright 1989 Reed Business Information, Inc.

Specification of Robert Altman: Jumping Off the Cliff

AuthorMcGilligan, Patrick
PublisherSt Martins Pr
Publication Year1989

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