Wednesday, November 22, 2006

Doctor Robert

I wake up this morning and the radio is talking about Robert Altman. In the past tense. And another one is gone.

I probably haven't seen as many Altman films as you. And I'm no cinephile. I remember watching "Nashville" and thinking it was never going to end (and kind of hoping it wouldn't). I remember the loooooong tracking shot that led us into "The Player". I remember the unbelievable casting and performances in "Short Cuts", a film I was prejudiced against, until I saw it, on the spurious ground that Raymond Carver should not be messed with. And "Gosford Park" was, quite simply, perfect.

Who can take up the baton?