Robert Altman Dies
M-A-S-H. Nashville. Gosford Park. A Prairie Home Companion. Those were just a few of Robert Altman's films over the years. According to this article, it seemed he was never one to pine for the approval of others. A few of his candid remarks:
"No other filmmaker has gotten a better shake than I have," Altman said while accepting the award. "I'm very fortunate in my career. I've never had to direct a film I didn't choose or develop. My love for filmmaking has given me an entree to the world and to the human condition." -- after receiving a lifetime achievement Oscar in 2006.
"This film is about death." -- on A Prairie Home Companion.
"Our mandate was bad taste. If anybody had a joke in the worst taste, it had a better chance of getting into the film, because nothing was in worse taste than that war [Vietnam] itself," Altman said. -- on M-A-S-H.
"They made millions and millions of dollars by bringing an Asian war into Americans' homes every Sunday night," Altman said in 2001. "I thought that was the worst taste." -- on the spinoff TV show M*A*S*H.
"Nobody would have thought to commit an atrocity like that unless they'd seen it in a movie," Altman said. -- criticism of Hollywood after September 11, 2001.
"I didn't make a big secret out of it, but I thought nobody would hire me again," he said after the ceremony. "You know, there's such a stigma about heart transplants, and there's a lot of us out there." -- on his heart transplant upon receiving an Oscar in 2006.