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Smoke and mentors: Deutchman recalls Altman

160_cp_atlman1_061121.jpgIn a loving personal reminiscence at the new Emerging Pictures blog, Ira Deutchman, who worked at Fine Line at the time of The Player and had other dealings with Robert Altman recalls the smoke-able stone in Altman’s shoe as well as this important, cogent point: “His body of work speaks for itself. But as great as Bob’s directing was, his truly great gift was producing. In all those years, when his films would be greeted with anything from accolades to distain, and even in the years in which he had no box office success, he never stopped working. There was no one more resourceful in getting his vision on the screen. And he extended that gift to help his loyal friends to get their films made as well…the most notable being Alan Rudolph, who he continually supported.” [This is the 1,500th entry at this version of Movie City Indie.]

One Response to “Smoke and mentors: Deutchman recalls Altman”

  1. PetalumaFilms says:

    Congrats on numero 1500….MCI is one of my faves!
    don

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