Altman Documentary by Ron Mann (2015 DVD)

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(rare signed 1994 Ready-to-Wear movie book about the European fashion world; a less successful movie, this was the first one he made after a heart transplant in his 70s)

Highly recommended documentary for any Altman fan or serious fan of indie-style movies. Altman is featured in many clips and his wife and other family members comment on what he was like and how he approached film-making. All of his 39 films are mentioned in passing and there are some rare behind-the-scenes clips. I liked most of them, though MASH, Brewster McCloud, McCabe and Mrs. Miller, California Split, Images, The Long Goodbye, Nashville, Come Back to the Five and Dime Jimmy Dean Jimmy Dean, The Player, Short Cuts, Cookie’s Fortune, and Gosford Park remain personal favorites. Altman took lots of risks and let his actors be his collaborators. He was the last of the true American maverick filmmakers.

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