ScreenTalks Archive / Robert Altman

After a stint as a co-pilot in the US Air Force, Robert Altman moved to California, deciding to enter the world of filmmaking on a whim. Starting as a director-for-hire on film and television in the nineteen fifties, Altman didn’t become a household name until 1970 with the release of Korean War satire MASH. The film’s success led to a string of nearly forty mould-breaking movies, in every conceivable genre, often featuring sprawling ensemble casts. In this conversation from 2002, Robert Altman talks to film and TV producer David Thompson about his British period drama Gosford Park

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