Robert Altman RIP

Sad news coming through the newswires about the death of Robert Altman. One of the great directors of the 1970s, he was still making films and even achieved an honoray Oscar earlier this year.

Even if his recent work wasn’t up to the same standard of his classic 70s output he will still be remembered as one of the best directors of his era.

Details from David Germain ofย the AP:

Robert Altman, the caustic and irreverent satirist behind “M-A-S-H,” “Nashville” and “The Player” who made a career out of bucking Hollywood management and story conventions, died at a Los Angeles Hospital, his Sandcastle 5 Productions Company said Tuesday. He was 81.

The director died Monday night, Joshua Astrachan, a producer at Altman’s Sandcastle 5 Productions in New York City, told The Associated Press.

The cause of death wasn’t disclosed. A news release was expected later in the day, Astrachan said.

> Original report at the AP
> Find out more about Robert Altman at Wikipedia
> Robert Altman at the IMDb
> Robert T. Self at Senses of Cinema with a lengthy piece on Altman’s films