4th Time Around
While I may have not seen all of his film, but Robert Altman still was one of my favorite filmmakers. In particular his cinematic output in the 1970s with films like McCabe & Mrs. Miller, 3 Woman and The Long Goodbye. Yet one from his long and storied filmography continues to baffle me, entertain me and most importantly inspires me as a creative being, Nashville. Altman used every square inch of his, frequent wide screen frame as well as every piece of sound to construct a portrait of the American landscape and culture. Overlapping dialogue, multiple storylines occurring at the same time.
The influence of Robert Altman is still felt in the cinema today from the works of Paul Thomas Anderson to the recent release Babel. Even bad films that have ripped off his technique have sadly gone on to win more Academy Awards than he has. Altman will always be an American original and one of the greatest filmmakers.