Blog on the Run: Reloaded

Tuesday, November 21, 2006 11:01 pm

Robert Altman, 1925-2006

Filed under: Salute! — Lex @ 11:01 pm


My parents — you will not believe this — actually took me to the Manor Theater in Charlotte to see “M*A*S*H” when it came out in 1970 and, having explained to the ticket-seller that, yes, they really did permit their 10-year-old son to see an R-rated movie, left me to it.

Not only did I get a huge kick out of it, I also understood immediately that it was as much about Vietnam — the war some of my friends’ older siblings were then fighting, or dodging — as it was about Korea, my dad’s war. And when I talked about that at school the next day, I felt like the smartest kid on the planet.

Not all Altman films left me feeling that way. Some of them I found just plain puzzling. But for someone who’s a lot more into pop music than film, I’ve tried to make it a point to see Altman’s movies when they’ve come out. I wouldn’t always enjoy them, as we commonly understand that term, but I’d always consider the time well spent.

Probably my favorite Altman film after “M*A*S*H” was “Short Cuts,” although I say that having only seen it the one time. Guess I’ll have to rent it, or buy it, now.


1 Comment

  1. Buffalo Bill & The Indians, California Split, Three Women, Secret Honour (the best film about Nixon), The Player . . . his body of work was an overwhelming cornucopia. Very very sad indeed that he’s no longer with us.

    Comment by Nick — Wednesday, November 22, 2006 5:42 am @ 5:42 am

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