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The filmmaker, Robert Altman, died. He had a long career in which he started out making industrial documentaries in the early 50’s such as How to run a Filling Station.
moving into directing TV shows in the 60’s such as Bonanza
, and then breaking out in movies with M*A*SH*
Considered a maverick in Hollywood with his disdain for commercial movie making (that is, movies that make money), he won accolades for films such as Nashville, The Player
, and Gosford Park
While Altman’s movies
were generally interesting, they always left me with an empty feeling and were never nourishing or challenging in any meaningful way.
You can watch any of his movies and you will never find a single “holy moment” or profound insight. Emotionally, his films were all a matter of noodling in a minor key where people try to evade their banality since life is mostly a bore and a chore.