Robert Altman top ten – and Tanner 88


The Long Goodbye

Thieves Like Us

Kansas City

Gosford Park

Three Women

California Split 

Short Cuts

The Player

A Wedding

And on TV:

Tanner ‘88 was (obviously) made in 1988, with Michael Murphy playing a Presidential Candidate who sometimes interacted with the real thing. It was totally ahead of its time, and if he’d lived would have made Altman a shoe-in to do some Netflix thing. I’m sure Soderbergh was influenced by it. And because it was ‘88, it totally revitalised Altman, coming out of that dire 80s period (Beyond Therapy! I think I actually reviewed that! Why I’ve never totally forgiven him!) and into: The Player, Short Cuts, Kansas City…

Also, Tanner ‘88 had a great performance from Cynthia Nixon as his daughter. Definitely influenced Veep. (And, possibly, A Quiet Passion, which I haven’t dared see, but also stars Keith Carradine! Is the whole thing an Altman pastiche?)

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I had a stroke on July 26th, 2013. I was a screenwriter. Don’t do that anymore. But have found another way to write.

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