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Title A companion to Robert Altman / edited by Adrian Danks.
Imprint Chichester, West Sussex ; Malden, MA : Wiley-Blackwell, 2015.

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Subject Altman, Robert, 1925-2006 -- Criticism and interpretation.
Alt Name Danks, Adrian,
Description 1 online resource
Bibliography Note Includes bibliographical references and index.
Note Print version record and CIP data provided by publisher.
Contents Cover -- Table of Contents -- Title page -- Contributors -- 1 "It's OK with me" -- Finding Altman -- Altman's Geographies -- Altman and the Critics, or Canonizing Altman -- Altman's Legacy -- References -- Part One: Zoom in: Becoming Altman -- 2 Sponsoring the Hollywood Renaissance -- The Calvin Company: Institutional Context and the Director/Producer System -- Calvin, Competencies and Refining the "Training Ground" Thesis -- Altman's Industriousness: Pushing Against the Limits of the Training Ground -- Calvin's Industrial Prerogatives and the Creation of "Robert Altman" -- Conclusion -- References -- 3 From Alfred Hitchcock Presents to Tanner on Tanner -- Routine Assignments -- Drawing Out the Potential of Actors -- Creative Approaches -- Later Work -- References -- Acknowledgements -- 4 Just a Station on His Way? Altman's Transition From Television to Film -- Altman's Early Television -- Bus Stop -- Altman and the Zoom -- Zooms in Early Altman Features -- Conclusion -- References -- 5 Breaking the Rules -- Emphases and Parameters -- Reviewers and Reviewing -- Early Reviews -- The Ruckus Begins -- Hollywood -- Nashville -- Running on the Ice -- Altman in the Reagan Era -- The Final Years -- References -- Part Two: "I've got poetry in me": Seeing and Hearing Altman -- 6 The Porous Frame -- Introduction: Framing Authorship -- Cinema in Process -- Charting Idiosyncratic Form -- Looking for Style -- Cinema "en passant": Impressionist Images and Film-Viewer Relations -- The Ubiquitous Zoom: Vertiginous Proximity, Movement, Textures -- Remaking Widescreen Space: Stretching, Constricting, Flattening -- Conclusion: Distance and Plasticity -- References -- 7 3 Women -- Allegory in Watercolor -- Duplications and Dissolvings -- Fluid Worlds -- References -- 8 The Multitrack World of California Split -- The Road to California Split -- Making California Split.
Listening to Altman -- Living in Altmanville -- The Empty Universe -- Placing California Split -- The Long Goodbye -- References -- 9 The Democratic Voice -- Prelude -- MASH -- McCabe & Mrs. Miller -- The Long Goodbye -- Thieves Like Us -- California Split -- Nashville -- Coda -- References -- 10 Creativity and Compromise -- Altman and Music -- Altman's Song Tracks of the Early 1970s -- The Missing Soundtrack of California Split -- Altman's Music After California Split -- Conclusion -- References -- Part Three: Placing Altman: Space, History and Genre -- Chapter 11: High Hollywood in The Long Goodbye -- A Floating Signifier -- A Hawk's Eye View -- Sun-bleached Noir -- Alone in Tinsel Town -- References -- Acknowledgements -- 12 Altman and the Western, or a Hollywood Director's History Lesson of the American West -- The Western as Altman's Metier -- Altman's Alternative Westerns -- Altman's Antihero as Hero -- Altman's History Lesson -- Conclusion -- References -- 13 Altman/Nixon/Reagan -- Introduction -- Out of Hollywood: Altman Moves Toward Theatre and History -- Reagan's Ahistorical American Dream -- Nixon: Embodying American Resentments, Stresses and Anger -- What Kind of "Honor"? -- Not Alike: Altman Transcends Nixon Through the Rhetoric of Cinema -- References -- 14 LA and Paris -- Social Geography -- Massey's For Space -- Short Cuts -- Contested Space -- The Chance of Space -- Political Space -- Pret-a-Porter -- Messy Multiplicities -- Competitive Indirection -- Responsible Engagement -- Stories-so-Far -- References -- 15 "The Man I Love," or Time Regained -- Introduction: Inside the Altmanesque -- "Hi ya, Cary:" Altman and Film History -- Goin' to Kansas City: Altman and the Past -- Meeting at the Crossroads: Altman's Kansas City -- Ivor Novello, Lester Young, Jean Harlow and Rudy Vallee: Altman, Popular Culture and the 1930s.
"In my solitude," or the Band Plays On -- References -- Part Four: Being Altman: Character, Performance and Situation -- 16 "One is both the same" -- New Hollywood and the "Women's Picture" -- A Cinema of Repression -- From "Culture" to Counterculture -- The "I" and the Other -- "Doubling" the Double? -- The Glamour of Failure -- References -- 17 Nashville -- The Evolution of the Second City Style -- Second City Improvisation and Altman's Cinema -- Altman, Hollywood and Cultural Change: The Romantic Couple in Crisis -- Nashville's Production Process: Community and Authorship -- Altman's Theater Games -- Character, Performance Style and Modern Identity: From Couples to Community -- References -- 18 Altman -- 19 Lawful Lawyer, Vigilante Father -- Introduction: Reasoning Revenge -- The Gingerbread Man: Morality and the Role of the Law -- Altman's Interrogation of Value Systems -- Rick Magruder and the Limitations of the Legal System -- Clinton-Era Noir and the Dangers of Sex -- The Paterfamilias as Extra-Legal Protector -- Dixon Doss: The Monstrous Father -- Conclusion -- References -- Part Five: Zoom out: After "Altman" -- 20 Staging the "Rebel's Return" -- Renaissance of a (New) Hollywood Rebel: Altman's Authorial Return -- Indulging in Incomplete Sentences: Popular History, Textual Selectivity and The Player's Opening Shot -- Having Your Art and Eating it Too: Marketing, Promotion and Competing Authorizing Discourses -- Art, Now More Than Ever: Remembering Altman Through Short Cuts -- References -- Acknowledgements -- 21 The End of the Hollywood Hero -- The Single Hero and Multi-Protagonist Films -- Altman and Narrative Form -- "The Sexiest Man Alive": Richard Gere's Star Persona -- The Male Hero vs. the Female Ensemble -- References -- Acknowledgements -- 22 The Long Reach of Short Cuts -- Short Cuts -- Magnolia -- Crash -- Powder Blue.
Crossing Over -- Shrink -- References -- 23 Kicking and Screaming -- America America -- Altman's Worlds -- Paul Thomas Anderson -- Noah Baumbach -- Conclusion -- References -- Index -- End User License Agreement.
Summary A Companion to Robert Altman presents myriad aspects of Altman's life, career, influence and historical context. This book features 23 essays from a range of experts in the field, providing extensive coverage of these aspects and dimensions of Altman's work. The most expansive and wide-ranging book yet published on Altman, providing a comprehensive account of Altman's complete career Provides discussion and analysis of generally neglected aspects of Altman's career, including the significance of his work in television and industrial film, the importance of collaboration, and the full range and import of his aesthetic innovations Includes essays by key scholars in "Altman studies", bringing together experts in the field, emerging scholars and writers from a broad range of fields Multi-disciplinary in design and draws on a range of approaches to Altman's work, being the first substantial publication to make use of the recently launched Robert Altman Archive at the University of Michigan Offers specific insights into particular aspects of film style and their application, industrial and aesthetic film and TV history, and particular areas such as the theorisation of space, place, authorship and gender.
ISBN 9781118338957 (electronic bk.)
1118338952 (electronic bk.)
9781118288900 (cloth)
Publisher # EB00611956 Recorded Books
OCLC # 899114094
Additional Format Print version: Companion to Robert Altman. Chichester, West Sussex ; Malden, MA : John Wiley & Sons, 2015 9781118288900 (DLC) 2014049396

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