Personal Name: Altman, Robert, 1925-2006. Rubrics: Motion picture producers and directors United States Biography. Download book Robert Altman : the oral biography, Mitchell Zuckoff.
I have the book but I decided to listen to the audiobook and use the book for clarification and to see the photos. Mitchell interviewed many actors who worked with Altman over the years along with relatives, friends, producers, film critics, etc. The list was exhaustive. He worked closely with Altman himself until he died.
Mitchell Zuckoff invited a multitude of voices telling about the Robert Altman they knew allowing readers to sift through the stories to find the man himself. It helps that those speaking are an articulate, amusing bunch unafraid to tell embarrassing stories in which they feature or to call Kevin Spacey the "Norman Bates of Show Business", for instance. It actually makes a lot of sense to do an oral biography of Altman, as his films often presented an amalgam of voices, just as this book sets out to do. While Altman receives the well-rounded treatment, with one person (David Pinker) expressing almost wholly negative views of the man, there are several drawbacks to the oral biography form. For one, the content is wholly dependent on the people who agree to be interviewed.
Includes filmography and index. Kansas City - Into the river - 307th Bomber Group - Making pictures - The Calvin company - The delinquents - California - Kathryn - Cheese - No milk - Countdown - Act II: 1970-1980
Personal Name: Zuckoff, Mitchell. Personal Name: Altman, Robert, 1925-2006. Download now Robert Altman : the oral biography by Mitchell Zuckoff. Download PDF book format. Download DOC book format.
Yet Mitchell Zuckoff, who interviewed 145 people for the long, insanely admiring "Robert Altman: The Oral Biography," never comes to grips with the effect this had on his films. Zuckoff basically knows nothing about filmmaking and film history, so he has to take his witnesses at their word: It was so much fun, so different from their other moviemaking experiences, therefore the product had to be better. Even a casually objective observer has to see that something else was going on here. The portrait of Altman that emerges in this book is of a permissive man - especially with himself. Addled by his addictions, a habitual gambler, disastrously careless with money and with intimate relations, he left us feeling we were trapped in someone else's drug haze. Within a decade of "MASH," he was pushed back to the margins from which he had sprung.
It takes more than 150 pages for Mitchell Zuckoff’s oral biography of Robert Altman to get to M A S H, the 1970 movie that transformed its director from a workaday toiler into a one-man film movement, gave us the adjective Altmanesque and jump-started a career that would encompass 36 more years and 31 more movies - follies, comebacks, muddles an. Altman died at 81 in 2006, before the author’s work was finished, and his voice is often absent from the book’s last third.