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By Ray Pride Pride@moviecitynews.com

More Altman: One long movie and another interview



Two more Robert Altman shorts: brief notes on duration in Altman, Wenders and Bela Tarr films, plus an interview from the time of Cookie’s Fortune. “I’VE BEEN MAKING ONE LONG MOVIE” is one of the nice lines Robert Altman had in his quiver to keep from telling journalistic outsiders about just what it was that he did as a filmmaker.Altman worked variations on the form of the musical, sometimes hiding it, sometimes celebrating it. He claimed to hate genre, which is why he employed it and also why he would worm his way through the cliches of a given genre in movies like The Long Goodbye (the always-moral figure of the P.I. turns amoral; a blowzy 1940s-style theme is repeated ad infinitum down to supermarket Muzak and doorbells), or McCabe & Mrs. Miller (the maverick Western entrepreneur is demonstrated as a mumbling mess-up, scored to dour, fateful songs by Leonard Cohen like “Susannah”).” [More at the first link; click on the photo for its source information.]

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