Robert Altman: The Oral Biography

Abridged / Go to Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: Mitchell Zuckoff

Narrated By: Various

Publisher: Random House (Audio)

Date: October 2009

Duration: 6 hours 30 minutes

Summary:

Robert Altman—visionary director, hard-partying hedonist, eccentric family man, Hollywood legend—comes roaring to life in this rollicking cinematic biography, told in a chorus of voices that can only be called Altmanesque.

His outsized life and unique career are revealed as never before: here are the words of his family and friends, and a few enemies, as well as the agents, writers, crew members, producers, and stars who worked with him, including Meryl Streep, Warren Beatty, Tim Robbins, Julianne Moore, Paul Newman, Julie Christie, Elliott Gould, Martin Scorsese, Robin Williams, Cher, and many others. There is even Altman himself, in the form of his exclusive last interviews.

After an all-American boyhood in Kansas City, a stint flying bombers through enemy fire in World War II, and jobs ranging from dog-tattoo entrepreneur to television director, Robert Altman burst onto the scene in 1970 with the movie M*A*S*H. He revolutionized American filmmaking, and, in a decade, produced masterpieces at an astonishing pace: McCabe & Mrs. Miller, Thieves Like Us, The Long Goodbye, 3 Women, and, of course, Nashville. Then, after a period of disillusionment with Hollywood—as well as Hollywood’s disillusionment with him—he reinvented himself with a bold new set of masterworks: The Player, Short Cuts, and Gosford Park. Finally, just before the release of the last of his nearly forty movies, A Prairie Home Companion, he received an honorary Oscar for lifetime achievement from the Academy, which had snubbed him for so many years.

Mitchell Zuckoff—who was working with Altman on his memoirs before he died—weaves Altman’s final interviews, an incredible cast of voices, and contemporary reviews and news accounts, into a riveting tale of an extraordinary life. Here are page after page of revelations that force us to reevaluate Altman as a man and an artist, and to view his sprawling narratives with large casts, multiple story lines, and overlapping dialogue as unquestionably the work of a modern genius.

Genres:

Robert Altman: The Oral Biography

by Mitchell Zuckoff

has successfully been added to your shopping cart

Robert Altman: The Oral Biography, Mitchell Zuckoff
Robert Altman: The Oral Biography, Mitchell Zuckoff
This title is due for release on October 20, 2009.

Enter your email below to be notified as soon as it is available!

By clicking "Notify Me" you consent to receiving electronic marketing communications from Audiobooks.com. You will be able to unsubscribe at any time.

Already a member? Log In to add this title to your wishlist.
Robert Altman: The Oral Biography, Mitchell Zuckoff
This title is due for release on October 20, 2009
We'll send you an email as soon as it is available!

Already a member?
Log in to add this title in your wishlist
Robert Altman: The Oral Biography, Mitchell Zuckoff
Please Log in and add this title to your wishlist.
Robert Altman: The Oral Biography, Mitchell Zuckoff

We will send you an email as soon as this title is available.