Tuesday, November 21, 2006
I have just read an AP release reporting the death of film director Robert Altman. He died last night; he was 81. He was a superb director (he made my beloved Gosford Park, as well as M.A.S.H., Shortcuts, and The Player, and the recent Prairie Home Companion, among many others) and his passing marks the end of one of America's great filmmakers. He seemed like someone who was deeply touched by the people and events around him. "My love for filmmaking," he once said, "Has given me an entrée to the world and to the human condition." I was personally inspired by his work, and I know we all were. He will be missed, and his life and his films will always be remembered.