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Robert Altman
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Date of Birth: Feb 20, 1925

Country: USA

Biography: Robert Bernard Altman (February 20, 1925 - November 20, 2006) was an American film director known for making films that are highly naturalistic, but with a stylized perspective. In 2006, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences recognized his body of work with an Academy Honorary Award. His films MASH, Nashville and McCabe and Mrs. Miller have been selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry...(Wikipedia)

Total Titles at Criticker: 62 - You've Seen 0

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Titles You Haven't Rated: Director (50) | Writer (19) | Actor (11)
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What is Cinema? (2013)
Using the words and ideas of great filmmakers, from archival interviews with Alfred Hitchcock and Robert Bresson to new interviews with Mike Leigh, David Lynch, and Jonas Mekas, Oscar-winning filmmaker Chuck Workman shows what these filmmakers and others do that can't be expressed in words - but only in cinema. (imdb)
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A Prairie Home Companion (2006)
A look at what goes on backstage during the last broadcast of America's most celebrated radio show, where singing cowboys Dusty and Lefty, a country music siren (Streep), and a host of others hold court. (imdb)
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O Lucky Malcolm! (2006)
Biography of Malcolm McDowell
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Elio Petri: Notes on a Filmmaker (2005)
Although he directed a dozen films and won, among many major awards, a foreign film Oscar for "Investigation of a Citizen Above Suspicion," Elio Petri has been rather scandalously forgotten since his death in 1982. The passionate little biodoc "Elio Petri: Notes on a Filmmaker" will be of special interest to festivals in recalling Petri's career as a politically militant director in the '60s and '70s... (Variety.com)
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The American Ruling Class (2005)
Does contemporary America have a controlling class? (imdb)
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Z Channel: A Magnificent Obsession (2004)
This documentary chronicles Jerry Harvey's emergence as a brilliant programmer at Z Channel, one of the country's first pay cable stations. It also explores Harvey's emotional and psychological descent, which eventually resulted in a shocking murder/suicide and the eventual demise of Z Channel itself. (IFCTV)
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Tanner on Tanner (2004)
"Everybody's Making Pictures," observes Martin Scorsese in this sly sequel to Robert Altman and Garry Trudeau's Emmy Award-winning satirical miniseries, Tanner '88. Sixteen years after Jack Tanner (Michael Murphy) ran for president, his filmmaker daughter Alex (Cynthia Nixon) is making a documentary about her dad's dark horse campaign. At least, that's the plan - until a disastrous screening sends Alex back to the drawing board, and on to the 2004 Democratic National Convention. (jddempst)
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The Company (2003)
An inside look at the world of ballet. With the complete cooperation of the Joffrey Ballet of Chicago, Altman follows the stories of the dancers, whose professional and personal lives grow impossibly close, as they cope with the demands of a life in the ballet. Campbell plays a gifted but conflicted company member on the verge of becoming a principal dancer at a fictional Chicago troupe... (imdb)
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A Decade Under the Influence (2003)
For American cinema, the 1970s was an era during which a new generation of filmmakers created work for a new kind of audience. In this documentary, pioneering writers, directors and actors talk about the times, their films and their colleagues. (IFC Films)
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Gosford Park (2001)
Set in the 1930's the story takes place in an old fashioned English country house where a family has invited many of their friends up for a weekend shooting party. The story centers around the McCordle family, particularly the man of the house, William McCordle. Getting on in years William has become benefactor to many of his relatives and friends. As the weekend goes on and secrets are revealed, it seems everyone, above stairs and below, wants a piece of William and his money, but how far will they go to get it...? (imdb)
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Dr. T and the Women (2000)
Dr. Sullivan Travis (Gere) is a man at the top of his game, a rich and successful Dallas gynecologist whose "religion" is women. Once a man in complete control of his universe, Dr. T now finds himself buffeted by chaos and confusion. (Artisan Entertainment)
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Hitchcock: Shadow of a Genius (1999)
This documentary is a fascinating look at the cinematic genius of Alfred Hitchcock. Briefly covering much of his early British works, the film primarily focuses on his American classics, such as "Shadow of a Doubt", "Notorious", "Rear Window", "Vertigo", "Psycho" and "The Birds". (imdb)
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Cookie
Conflict arises in the small town of Holly Springs when an old woman's death causes a variety of reactions among family and friends. (imdb)
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The Gingerbread Man (1998)
He knew the law, but he forgot the rules: Never get involved with a client. And never put your family in danger. Step into the courtly world of Savannah's top-tier law firms. Meet one of the brightest young stars of the bar, Rick Magruder (Branagh). And witness how his obsession with a beautiful, mysterious client (Davidtz), stalked by her deranged father, plunges him into a world of terrifying intrigue and deadly deceit. (Universal)
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Frank Capra
Documentary about Frank Capra.
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Jazz
Jazz '34 (1996) - TV Episode
This cool and tuneful documentary centers on a band of modern musicians in period garb playing a dozen authentic pieces from 1934 Kansas City jazz. (all movie guide)
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Kansas City (1996)
Robert Altman's jazz-scored film explores themes of love, crime, race, and politics in 1930's Kansas City... (imdb)
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Ready to Wear (1994)
A fashion show in Paris draws the usual bunch of people; designers, reporters, models, magazine editors... (imdb)
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Short Cuts (1993)
While helicopters overhead spray against a Medfly infestation a group of Los Angeles lives intersect, some casually, some to more lasting effect. Whilst they go out to concerts and jazz clubs and even have their pools cleaned, they also lie, drink, and cheat. Death itself seems never to be far away, even on a fishing trip. Starring Andie MacDowell, Fred Ward, 'Jack Lemmon' , Julianne Moore, Matthew Modine, Jennifer Jason Leigh and Tim Robbins. (imdb)
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Luck, Trust & Ketchup: Robert Altman in Carver Country (1993)
A documentary insight behind the scenes of Roberts Altman's Short Cuts. (imdb)
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The Player (1992)
A studio script screener gets on the bad side of a writer by not accepting his script. The writer is sending him threatening postcards. The screener tries to identify the writer in order to pay him off so he'll be left alone, and then in a case of mistaken identity gone awry, he accidentally gives the writer solid ammunition for blackmail. This plot is written on a backdrop of sleazy Hollywood deals and several subplots involving the politics of the industry. (imdb)
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Vincent & Theo (1990)
The familiar tragic story of Vincent van Gogh is broadened by focusing as well on his brother Theodore... (imdb)
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The Caine Mutiny Court-Martial (1988)
A full-length adaptation, originally staged as a play, of the court-martial segment from the novel "The Caine Mutiny". (imdb)
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Tanner
Tanner '88 (1988) - TV Mini-Series
Tanner is a political candidate in the 1988 presidential race. A New Hampshire fixture, he goes on the campaign trail and faces fitting into a difficult era.
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Basements (1987)
Basements (1987) - TV Movie
"The Dumb Waiter" and "The Room" are a two-part miniseries entitled "Basements", starring John Travolta and Tom Conti, filmed in Canada and first televised in the United States on WABC-TV on 12 May 1987.
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Beyond Therapy (1987)
Director Robert Altman ventures into Woody Allen territory with this comic romp about a group of neurotic adults living, dating, and undergoing therapy in New York City.
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Aria (1987)
Ten short pieces directed by ten different directors, including Ken Russell, Jean-Luc Godard, Robert Altman, Bruce Beresford, and Nicolas Roeg. Each short uses an aria as soundtrack/sound (Vivaldi, Bach, Wagner), and is an interpretation of the particular aria. (imdb)
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Fool for Love (1985)
May is waiting for her boyfriend in a run-down American motel, when an old flame turns up and threatens to undermine her efforts and drag her back into the life that she was running away from. (imdb)
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O.C. and Stiggs (1985)
O.C. and Stiggs aren't your average unhappy teenagers. They not only despise their suburban surroundings, they plot against it. They seek revenge against the middle class Schwab family, who embody all they detest: middle class. (imdb)
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Secret Honor (1984)
In this speculative one-man drama, we see former President Richard Milhous Nixon alone in his study, dictating his thoughts into a tape recorder. His only company are a four-screen closed-circuit TV setup, the portraits on the walls, a bottle of Chivas Regal - and a loaded pistol... (imdb)
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Streamers (1983)
Four young recruits about to be sent to Vietnam confront thier prejudicial feelings toward one another when it's learned one of them is homosexual. (imdb)
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Come Back to the Five and Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean (1982)
The Disciples of James Dean meet up on the anniversary of his death and mull over their lives in the present and in flashback... (imdb)
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Before the Nickelodeon: The Cinema of Edwin S. Porter (1982)
This documentary is produced by one of the world's foremost authorities and biographers of Edwin S. Porter. Since little is known of Porter's personal life, the emphasis here is on his technique and contributions to the art of the cinema. This film also serves as a documentary on the origins of the American cinema; Porter's work is showcased in the context of the whole American cinema of his day, from mutoscope parlors to the advent of the projected image. (imdb)
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Rattlesnake in a Cooler (1982)
A one act play about a young doctor who ditch his safe middle-class existence to become a cowboy out West. His cowboy-fantasy eventually breaks down. (imdb)
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Popeye (1980)
The sailor man travels to Sweethaven, falls in love with Olive Oyl, adopts Sweetpea and makes an enemy with Bluto. (imdb)
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HealtH (1980)
Generally considered to be one of Altman's more underrated movies, HealtH takes a satirical look behind the scenes at a health-food convention at a Florida luxury hotel, where a powerful political organization is deciding on a new president. The election is rife with backroom deals and scandal. (Wikipedia.org)
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A Perfect Couple (1979)
Two lonely singles in Los Angeles embark on a relationship fraught with turbulence and misunderstandings.
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Quintet (1979)
During a future ice age, dying humanity occupies its remaining time by playing a board game called "Quintet." For one small group, this obsession is not enough; they play the game with living pieces ... and only the winner survives. (imdb)
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A Wedding (1978)
Muffin's wedding to Dino Corelli is to be a big affair. Except the ageing priest isn't too sure of the ceremony... (imdb)
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3 Women (1977)
Shy, reclusive girl Pinky starts work at a solarium and becomes emotionally attached to her fellow worker... (imdb)
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Buffalo Bill and the Indians, or Sitting Bull
Buffalo Bill (Paul Newman) plans to put on his own Wild West sideshow, and Chief Sitting Bull has agreed to appear in it... (imdb)
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Nashville (1975)
This movie tells the intersecting stories of various people connected to the music business in Nashville. (imdb)
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Thieves Like Us (1974)
Classic romantic melodrama about three convicted killers, Bowie (Carradine), Chicamaw (Schuck), and T-Dub (Remsen)... (imdb)
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California Split (1974)
A down on his luck gambler (George Seagal) links up with free spirit Elliot Gould at first to have some fun on, but then gets into debt when Gould takes an unscheduled trip to Tijuana (imdb)
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The Long Goodbye (1973)
Detective Philip Marlowe tries to help a friend who is accused of murdering his wife. (imdb)
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Images (1972)
Like Polanski's heroine in Repulsion, Susannah York's character is one that is seemingly haunted by memories of undisclosed magnitude... (imdb)
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McCabe & Mrs. Miller (1971)
Set in winter in the Old West. Charismatic but dumb John McCabe arrives in a young Pacific Northwest town to set up a whorehouse/tavern (imdb)
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Brewster McCloud (1970)
Brewster is an owlish, intellectual boy who lives in a fallout shelter of the Houston Astrodome. He has a dream: to take flight within the confines of the stadium. Brewster tells those he trusts of his dream, but displays a unique way of treating others who do not fit within his plans. When the fateful day arrives, and he enters the dome with his fanciful construction of bird wings, Brewster is surrounded by the police. Will he be caught before he attempts to fly? (imdb)
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MASH (1970)
The staff of a Korean War field hospital use humor and hijinks to keep their sanity in the face of the horror of war. (imdb)
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That Cold Day in the Park (1969)
Robert Altman's sadly neglected film that, along with his later "Images", fits into the unconventional psycho-thriller mold. A bizarre story with Sandy Dennis as a spinster who takes in a handsome young man (Michael Burns) who is pretending to be mute. She imprisons the boy and supplies his every need, including a prostitute (Luana Anders), whom she goes out and brings home for Burns' pleasure. (imdb)
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Countdown (1968)
The Apollo 3 crew are training when it is discovered that the Russians plan a moon landing. The Americans enact a makeshift plan to land a man on the moon first, using an older style Gemini spacecraft... (imdb)
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Pot au feu (1966)
Pot au feu (1966) - Short Film
A woman rolls then smokes a joint in a parody of a television cooking show, intercut with footage of various people smoking marijuana.
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The Katherine Reed Story (1965)
Robert Altman recounts the life of his wife Kathryn Reed, using the format of a documentary, with funny reenactments played by Reed's friends and family. (imdb)
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The Party (1964)
The Party (1964) - Short Film
An awkward man attempts to fit in at a party.
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Nightmare in Chicago (1964)
This story was, in fact, the story of a serial murderer who played cat and mouse with the police as he tried to escape on the Illinois Turnpike. The existence of the military convoy complicated the plot, as it hampered police efforts to capture the killer, while the manhunt interfered with the convoy. (kraft1963.blogspot.com)
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Combat! (1962)
Combat! (1962) - TV Series
Combat!, a one-hour WWII drama series on television, followed a frontline American infantry squad as they battled their way across Europe. With mud-splattered realism, the show offered character studies of men striving to maintain their own humanity in the midst of a world torn by war.
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Troubleshooters (1959)
Kodiak is a veteran head "troubleshooter" for an international construction company. He works with a much younger assistant, Frank Dugan, as they tackle a myriad of industry crises.
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The Delinquents (1957)
A frustrated young man, separated from his younger girlfriend, gets involved in a juvenile gang. (imdb)
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The James Dean Story (1957)
This documentary, which was undertaken soon after James Dean's death, looks at Dean's life through the use of still photographs with narration, and interviews with many of the people involved in his short life. (imdb)
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Modern Football (1951)
Robert Altman's first film, an industrial short about the virtues of high school football.
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Honeymoon for Harriet (1950)
An entertaining comedy concerned with the efforts of a young farm bride to persuade her husband to spend money for a honeymoon rather than for new equipment for the farm. (imdb)
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Bodyguard (1948)
Homicide detective Mike Carter is tossed off the police force for insubordination and violating regulations. He reluctantly takes a job as bodyguard to Mrs. Gene Dysen, the owner of a local meat-packing plant. In investigating threats against her life, Carter begins unraveling the murder of a meat inspector at the plant, but not before he himself is framed for the murder of his former supervisor on the police force. (imdb)
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