November 21, 2006
Robert Altman, the definitive filmmaker of the '70s (and perhaps the best American director of all time), has died. Do yourself a favor and run, don't walk, to the video store and try to rent M*A*S*H, Brewster McCloud, The Long Goodbye, California Split, McCabe & Mrs. Miller, Nashville, Thieves Like Us, Vincent & Theo, The Player, Short Cuts, Gosford Park -- hell, even Popeye. We'll miss you Mr. Altman...
Oh, and Lindsay, STFU:
"I would like to send my condolences out to Catherine Altman, Robert Altmans wife, as well as all of his immediate family, close friends, co-workers, and all of his inner circle.Well, she's no Jodie Foster (Jodie temporarily quit acting in the '80s to attend Yale where she studied English Literature and graduated magna cum laude).
"I feel as if I've just had the wind knocked out of me and my heart aches.
"If not only my heart but the heart of Mr. Altman's wife and family and many fellow actors/artists that admire him for his work and love him for making people laugh whenever and however he could..
"Robert altman made dreams possible for many independent aspiring filmmakers, as well as creating roles for countless actors.
"I am lucky enough to of been able to work with Robert Altman amongst the other greats on a film that I can genuinely say created a turning point in my career.
"I learned so much from Altman and he was the closest thing to my father and grandfather that I really do believe I've had in several years.
"The point is, he made a difference.
"He left us with a legend that all of us have the ability to do.
"So every day when you wake up.
"Look in the mirror and thank god for every second you have and cherish all moments.
"The fighting, the anger, the drama is tedious.
"Please just take each moment day by day and consider yourself lucky to breathe and feel at all and smile. Be thankful.
"Life comes once, doesn't 'keep coming back' and we all take such advantage of what we have.
"When we shouldn't..... '
"Make a searching and fearless moral inventory of yourselves' (12st book) -everytime there's a triumph in the world a million souls hafta be trampled on.-altman Its true. But treasure each triumph as they come.
"If I can do anything for those who are in a very hard time right now, as I'm one of them with hearing this news, please take advantage of the fact that I'm just a phone call away.
God Bless, peace and love always.
I had the good fortune to work on Pret-a-Porter and will always remember Mr. Altman addressing Lauren Bacall, Sophia Loren, Marcello Mastroianni, Julia Roberts, Tim Robbins and other huge stars, saying,"We wanted the very best actors for this movie, but we wouldn't make any money using them, so we got you."Post a Comment
He was a great guy!
He was a great guy!