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3 things about Robert Altman’s A PERFECT COUPLE

A Perfect Couple [1979] 1. “I don’t think you two should be kissing while I’m suturing.” 2. A planter in the shape of a shoe. Brown suede. 3. He pops an olive into her mouth, and then waits. She spits … Continue reading

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3 things about Robert Altman’s THAT COLD DAY IN THE PARK

That Cold Day in the Park [1969] 1. He lies on the floor under the coffee table puffing on a cigar, a glass of wine balanced on his chest. 2. “He has a terrible habit of plucking at the creases … Continue reading

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3 things about Ron Mann’s ALTMAN

Altman [2014] 1. Jack Warner: “That fool has all the actors talking at the same time!” 2. Altman’s grandson played Swee’pea in Popeye. 3. Lily Tomlin’s definition of Altmanesque: “Making a family.” Attempting to capture the essence of Robert Altman … Continue reading

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3 things about Robert Woodburn’s CORN’S-A-POPPIN’

Corn’s-A-Poppin [1956] 1. A hog-caller named Lilian Gravelguard. 2. He awkwardly lifts her veil to kiss her on the side of her face, twice. 3. Grilled cheese on the moon. Somewhere in the twilight zone between Ma & Pa Kettle … Continue reading

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Memory believes before knowing remembers.

“Memory believes before knowing remembers. Believes longer than recollects, longer than knowing even wonders.” —William Faulkner, Light in August I wrote this treatment before logging all the footage of the film. Now that I’ve finished syncing all the shots and … Continue reading

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3 things about Robert Altman’s THE LONG GOODBYE

The Long Goodbye [1973] 1. He strikes a match on the wall behind his bed. Numerous black streaks on the wall. 2. “Yeah, I get it. Case closed. All zippered up like a bag of shit.” 3. Melon convention.

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3 things about Robert Altman’s COUNTDOWN

Countdown [1967] 1. “If Lee says we’re going to the moon, then we’re going to the moon until Lee says we’re not going to the moon.” 2. When she sings, Barbara Baxley sounds like Blossom Dearie. 3. He stuffs the … Continue reading

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