Director: Ron Mann

A very ordinary documentary about the maverick filmmaker Robert Altman (1925-2006). Altman began his career on TV, and hit his artistic peak in the 1970s with the likes of Mash (1970), McCabe & Mrs. Miller (1971), and Nashville (1975). The 1980s passed in relative obscurity as he filmed a number of low-budget stage play adaptations, but The Player (1992) helped him to a late-career comeback. This is an informative but typically adulatory documentary in which no one has a bad word to say about the man or his admittedly patchy oeuvre. Inbetween the film clips, home movies, and interviews, the director’s collaborators offer their interpretation of the word altmanesque.