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Robert Altman's America

Author: Helene Keyssar
Publisher: New York : Oxford University Press, 1991.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Robert Altman is the most quintessentially American of contemporary directors. His films cut across virtually all genres, and though few have met with huge commercial success (apart from the blockbuster M*A*S*H), Altman's unique vision of our society, his distinctive directorial signature, and his defiance of conventional film "language" have all helped reinvent the way we look at America. Keyssar shows why it is  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Keyssar, Helene.
Robert Altman's America.
New York : Oxford University Press, 1991
(OCoLC)551427386
Named Person: Robert Altman; Robert Altman; Robert Altman; Robert Altman; Robert Altman; Robert Altman; Robert Altman
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Helene Keyssar
ISBN: 0195048709 9780195048704 0195048695 9780195048698
OCLC Number: 22764234
Description: xiii, 372 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
Contents: The Altman signature : a world in motion --
Power and morality : the fraternal films --
Nashville : new roots in the nation --
The unconquered : the feminization of Altman's films --
Democratic vistas : spectacles, screens, and monitors.
Responsibility: Helene Keyssar.
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Robert Altman is the most quintessentially American of contemporary directors. His films cut across virtually all genres, and though few have met with huge commercial success (apart from the blockbuster M*A*S*H), Altman's unique vision of our society, his distinctive directorial signature, and his defiance of conventional film "language" have all helped reinvent the way we look at America. Keyssar shows why it is time for us to consider this unusual auteur among the pantheon of great directors. She identifies the peculiarities of the Altman style, discusses his films from both a feminist and political perspective, and offers a chapter-length discussion of one of his most important films, Nashville (1975), a "gleeful vision of an American landscape perpetually exploding upon itself."--Publisher description.

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