Wednesday, November 22, 2006

R.I.P. Roberrt Altman

Film Director Robert Altman, has died in a hospital in Los Angeles, California. He was 81 years old. A late bloomer, Altman was a middle-aged TV director when he had his first hit with MASH, since then he has directed classics like McCabe and Mrs Miller, Nashville, The Player, Short Cuts and Gosford Park. His lastt film was A Prairie Home Companion and featured Lindsay Lohan which may well have hastened his demise!

Last year I caught his theatre directing debut with Arthur Miller's Resurrection Blues at London's Old Vic. I wasn’t impressed but then Altman was a very uneven director. Veering from superb to dismal but when at his best he was a genius and he will be sorely missed.

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