Altman, Robert

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(1925-2006) US Cinema director, producer and screenwriter perhaps best known for directing the films M*A*S*H (1970) and Nashville (1975). His first film of clear genre interest is Countdown (1967), a Space-Flight thriller anticipating NASA's 1969 landing on the Moon. This was followed by the more fantastical movies Brewster McCloud (1970), a fantasy of Flying; Images (1972), a psychological horror film featuring apparent Doppelgangers; and 3 Women (1977), in which through unexplained dream-logic the titular women seem to trade personalities in a kind of soft-focus Identity Exchange. Altman's most memorable and haunting sf production is Quintet (1979), set in a future ice age. Later films include Popeye (1980), a live-action treatment of the famous, intermittently Superpowered sailor-man (played by Robin Williams) whose Comics career began in 1919. [DRL]

Robert Altman

born Kansas City, Missouri: 20 February 1925

died Los Angeles, California: 20 November 2006

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