A Companion to Robert Altman (Wiley Blackwell Companions to Film Directors)

A Companion to Robert Altman (Wiley Blackwell Companions to Film Directors)

By: Adrian Danks (editor)Hardback

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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

About Author

Adrian Danks is Director of Higher Degree Research in the School of Media and Communication, Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (University). He is also co-curator of the Melbourne Cinematheque and co-editor of Senses of Cinema. He has published widely on various subjects including found footage cinema, auteurism, cinephilia, rear-projection, the film-on-film, Iranian cinema, Australian cinema, film restoration and home movies in a range of books and journals.


Contributors viii 1 It s OK with me : Introducing Robert Altman 1 Adrian Danks Part One Zoom in: Becoming Altman 19 2 Sponsoring the Hollywood Renaissance: Reappraising Altman s Industrial Films 21 Mark Minett 3 From Alfred Hitchcock Presents to Tanner on Tanner: The Long Tail of Altman s Television Career 44 Tony Williams 4 Just a Station on His Way? Altman s Transition from Television to Film 68 Nick Hall 5 Breaking the Rules: Altman, Innovation and the Critics 92 David Sterritt Part Two I ve got Poetry in Me : Seeing and Hearing Altman 117 6 The Porous Frame: Visual Style in Altman s 1970s Films 119 Hamish Ford 7 3 Women: Floating Above the Awful Abyss 146 Joe McElhaney and In memory of Tom Hopkins 8 The Multitrack World of California Split 166 Wheeler Winston Dixon 9 The Democratic Voice: Altman s Sound Aesthetics in the 1970s 184 Jay Beck 10 Creativity and Compromise: California Split s Original Soundtrack 210 Gayle Magee Part Three Placing Altman: Space, History and Genre 231 11 High Hollywood in The Long Goodbye 233 Murray Pomerance 12 Altman and the Western, or a Hollywood Director s History Lesson of the American West 254 Stephen Teo 13 Altman/Nixon/Reagan: Honorable Secrets, Historical Analogies and the Nexus of Anger 274 Rick Armstrong 14 LA and Paris: The Construction of Social Space in the Films of Altman 296 Robert T. Self 15 The Man I Love, or Time Regained: Altman, History and Kansas City 321 Adrian Danks Part Four Being Altman: Character, Performance and Situation 347 16 One is Both the Same : Fantasy and Female Psychosis in Images and That Cold Day in the Park 349 David Melville 17 Nashville: Second City Performance Comes to Hollywood 369 Virginia Wright Wexman 18 Altman: The Artist in Middle Age 390 Christos Tsiolkas 19 Lawful Lawyer, Vigilante Father: Altman, Masculinity and The Gingerbread Man 401 Tom Dorey Part Five Zoom out: After Altman 423 20 Staging the Rebel s Return : The Player, Short Cuts and the Precarious Art of the Comeback 425 Dimitrios Pavlounis 21 The End of the Hollywood Hero: Dr T & the Women and Altman s Multi ]Protagonist Narratives 448 Maria del Mar Azcona 22 The Long Reach of Short Cuts 465 Robert P. Kolker 23 Kicking and Screaming: Altmanesque Cynicism and Energy in the Work of Paul Thomas Anderson and Noah Baumbach 480 Claire Perkins Index 501

Product Details

  • ISBN13: 9781118288900
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 536
  • ID: 9781118288900
  • weight: 1
  • ISBN10: 1118288904

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