Hollywood Director (04:19)
Robert Altman looks for new ways to tell stories and helps actors express hidden talents. His films depict aspects of real life.
Altman's Background (04:31)
Altman is born in Kansas City to a wealthy family. He attends Catholic schools, a military academy, and becomes an Air Force pilot. He directs industrial films before writing and directing "The Delinquents," and working with Alfred Hitchcock.
Altman's Early Films (04:55)
Altman works in television for over 10 years before returning to movies. He directs the "Countdown," "That Cold Day in the Park," and "M.A.S.H."
"New" Hollywood (08:19)
Power dynamics are changing in the film industry when Altman releases "Brewster McCloud" in 1970. He directs "McCabe & Mrs. Miller," "Images," "The Long Goodbye," "Thieves Like Us," and "California Split."
Altman releases the hit country music film in 1975; it represents a microcosm of America. He directs "Buffalo Bill and the Indians, or Sitting Bull's History Lesson," "3 Women," and "A Wedding."
Altman returns to comedy after the failure of a science fiction movie. His 1980 film receives bad reviews but makes money. He directs "Come back to the 5 & Dime Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean."
"The Player" (04:03)
Altman releases a series of low-budget films in the 1980s. Many view his 1992 satirical film as a true comeback.
Altman's Later Films (07:16)
Altman releases "Short Cuts" in 1993. He directs "Prêt-à-Porter," a series of crime films, and "Dr. T & the Women" before returning to critical acclaim with "Gosford Park." His final films are "The Company" and "A Prairie Home Companion."
Credits: Robert Altman (00:41)
Credits: Robert Altman
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