Robert Altman, one of the most adventurous and influential American directors of the late 20th century, a filmmaker whose iconoclastic career spanned more than half a century but whose stamp was felt most forcefully in one decade, the 1970s, died Monday in Los Angeles.
- The New York Times today
"I'm going to die with my boots on," Robert Altman fittingly told indieWIRE back in 2001 after making "Gosford Park." Indeed, he did so last night in Los Angeles, still intending to make another movie next year ("Hands on a Hardbody") despite an ongoing (unpublicized) battle with cancer. At indieWIRE today we reflected on this past year's well-deserved victory lap as Altman received a number of festival tributes saluting his accomplished career.
As I wrote in an email to Josh Astrachan of Altman's Sandcastle 5 Productions today, "Robert Altman was a maverick director who will continue to challenge, enlighten, entertain, and inspire audiences and other filmmakers long into the future. Its truly sad to think that we won't have another Altman film to experience, but oh how great it is that he has left us with so much remarkable work."
Numerous comments and tributes are being published at the end of indieWIRE's article today.