Robert Altman: American Filmmaker

Robert Altman’s successful filmmaking career spanned over forty years. This list includes books that explore his work and a selection of movies directed by him.

Event: Mitchell Zuckoff discusses his book Robert Altman, Nov. 9, 2009
Film series: Unscripted: The Films of Robert Altman, November 2009

Robert Altman: The Oral Biography
By Mitchell Zuckoff
The book is based on exclusive interviews with Altman as well as interviews with family and friends, a few enemies, agents, writers, crew members, and the stars who worked with him, including: Meryl Streep, Warren Beatty, Tim Robbins, Julianne Moore, Paul Newman, Julie Christie, Elliott Gould, Martin Scorsese, and Robin Williams.

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Robert Altman: Interviews
Edited by David Sterritt
This collection of interviews with the unpredictable and controversial filmmaker of M*A*S*H, Nashville, and Short Cuts probes the many facets of Altman's work

The Nashville Chronicles: The Making of Robert Altman's Masterpiece
By Jan Stuart
Altman's film Nashville is given a behind-the-scenes viewing by Newsday film critic Jan Stuart. The Nashville Chronicles explores both the creation and execution of this classic film.

The Directors: The Films of Robert Altman (2000)
Through in-depth interviews, behind-the-scenes footage and clips from his films, Robert Altman talks about the ideas, influences, motivations, struggles, and successes behind his work in this documentary.

Movies directed by Robert Altman

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Gosford Park (2001)
This 1930s drama revolves around the relationships between guests and servants at a dinner party gone horribly wrong. A murder causes an intermingling between the groups and the accusations to fly.

Kansas City (1996)
Hoping to get her hoodlum husband back, a desperate '30s woman kidnaps a politician's wife.

The Player (1992)
Dozens of real-life movie stars fringe the satire of a Hollywood studio executive (Tim Robbins) who gets away with murder.

Vincent & Theo (1990)
This is a passionate story of Vincent van Gogh, an obsessive artist driven by inexorable demons, and his alternately devoted and despairing younger brother, Theo, who seems unable to live with him or without him.

Quintet (1979)
Survivors struggling to stay alive during the final ice age spend their last hours playing Quintet, a macabre kind of backgammon, as packs of wild dogs roam around looking for corpses to feed upon in this film starring Paul Newman.

Nashville (1975)
Nashville interweaves the stories of 24 characters over five days during a political rally in the capital of country music.

Thieves Like Us (1974)
Two convicts break out of Mississippi State Penitentiary in 1936 to join a third on a long spree of bank robbing. The youngest of the gang falls in love with a girl that he meets at their hideout. Their last robbery in Yazoo City goes bad and all three become notorious men, wanted by the law.

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Other books by Mitchell Zuckoff

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Ponzi's Scheme: The True Story of a Financial Legend
By Mitchell Zuckhoff
While it lasted, Charles Ponzi's scheme made some people rich beyond their wildest dreams, most of all Ponzi himself. When it ended, it rocked the nation with a spectacular fiscal explosion. Ponzi's Scheme is the first nonfiction account of the irresistible scoundrel who launched the most successful bit of financial alchemy in history.

Choosing Naia: A Family's Journey
By Mitchell Zuckoff
This powerful story, based on an award-winning series of articles, is about a modern family and their Down Syndrome baby.

Judgment Ridge: The True Story Behind the Dartmouth Murders
By Mitchell Zuckoff and Dick Lehr
A riveting investigation of the brutal murders of two Dartmouth professors – a book that, like In Cold Blood, reveals the chilling reality behind a murder that captivated the nation.

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