Robert Altman—visionary director, hard-partying hedonist, eccentric family man, Hollywood legend—comes roaring to life in this rollicking oral biography. After an all-American boyhood in Kansas City, a stint flying bombers in World War II, and jobs ranging from dog tattoo entrepreneur to television director, Robert Altman burst onto the scene in 1970 with M*A*S*H. He reinvented American filmmaking, and went on to produce such masterpieces as McCabe & Mrs. Miller, Nashville, The Player, Short Cuts, and Gosford Park. In Robert Altman, Mitchell Zuckoff has woven together Altman’s final interviews; an incredible cast of voices including Meryl Streep, Warren Beatty, Paul Newman, among scores of others; and contemporary reviews and news accounts into a riveting tale of an extraordinary life.
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In "Robert Altman: The Oral Biography," Mr. Zuckoff has decided to stick to a standard chronological structure, in spite of emulating his subject's multi-layered technique. The result is like one of Altman's better films, providing a comprehensive, 360-degree look at a complicated subject while abstaining from passing judgment.Read Full Review of Robert Altman (The Oral Biogr... | See more reviews from WSJ online
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