Friday, October 24, 2014





50 Programs!

December 3, 2014–January 17, 2015


The Roy and Niuta Titus Theaters 

The Museum of Modern Art (MOMA) will present a career retrospective of the important film and television director Robert Altman (American, 1925–2006) comprising 50 programs, including theatrical features, television films, cable series, and rarely seen music videos, industrial shorts, and documentary pieces.

Altman's work over four decades, beginning in the 1970s, came to help define the spirit of American independent film. 

Production still from McCabe and Mrs. Miller. 1971. USA. 
Directed by Robert Altman. 
©Warner Bros., 

courtesy Warner Bros/Photofest

His essential films include:
Nashville. 1975. USA. 
Directed by Robert Altman. 
Courtesy Paramount Pictures

Distancing himself from mainstream Hollywood formulas, Altman produced films in what has been described as "anti-genres," including:

His penchant for improvisation and innovative use of natural, overlapping dialogue became directorial signatures, most elegantly realized in his later film Gosford Park (2001), which served as a model for writer Julian Fellowes's successful ITV/PBS series Downton Abbey (2010–). 

Altman's passion for theater and the craft of acting is evident in the ensemble performance style that characterizes work like:

His films provided career highlights for performers such as Cher, Robin Williams, Paul Newman, Carol Burnett, Tim Robbins, Shelley Duvall, Elliott Gould, Sally Kellerman, Keith Carradine, Lindsay Lohan, Lily Tomlin, Michael Murphy, Geraldine Chaplin, Sissy Spacek, James Caan, Susannah York, Karen Black, Robert Duvall, Glenda Jackson, René Auberjonois, Helen Mirren, and Cynthia Nixon.

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