The Cinema of Robert Altman

Hollywood Maverick

Robert Niemi

Wallflower Press

The Cinema of Robert Altman

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Pub Date: March 2016

ISBN: 9780231176279

216 Pages

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The Cinema of Robert Altman

Hollywood Maverick

Robert Niemi

Wallflower Press

In a controversial and tumultuous filmmaking career that spanned nearly fifty years, Robert Altman mocked, subverted, or otherwise refashioned Hollywood narrative and genre conventions. Altman's idiosyncratic vision and propensity for formal experimentation resulted in an uneven body of work: some rank failures and intriguing near-misses, as well as a number of great films that are among the most influential works of New American Cinema. While Altman always professed to have nothing authoritative to say about the state of contemporary society, this volume surveys all of his major films in their sociohistorical context to reposition the director as a trenchant satirist and social critic of postmodern America, depicted as a lonely wasteland of fraudulent spectacle, exploitative social relations, and unfulfilled solitaries in search of elusive community.
Acknowledgements
Preface
Introduction
1. Three Dream Films: Explorations of Female Identity
2. Experiments in Genre Revision
3. Large Canvases
4. Falling from Grace
5. In the Wilderness
6. Return to Form
7. Final Phase: More Large Canvases and Minor Works
Coda
Filmography
Bibliography
Index

About the Author

Robert Niemi teaches film, critical theory, American literature, and cultural studies at St. Michael's College in Colchester, Vermont.