Note: This video is from the Fall 2007 class.
This lecture continues the discussion of transformation and subversion in 1970s films, specifically as embodied in work of director Robert Altman.
- Robert Altman (1925-2006)
- Defining qualities:
- Moral skepticism
- Sympathy for the marginal
- Plot vs. character
- Fiction vs. "reality"
- McCabe and Mrs. Miller (1971)
- "Ruin the sacred truths"
- Sound and image: a new realism?
- Hero/savior—clown or fool
- Love story: gal from the East
- Founding myth: Presbyterian Church
- The ending: slapstick murder as the town is born