Robert Altman interview
This is a Visual History Recording

Visual History with Robert Altman

Interviewed by: Lee Grant

Director Robert Altman describes his working philosophy, often comparing filmmaking to painting, and discusses the sources of his storytelling and directing techniques he used on films like M*A*S*H (1970), McCabe & Mrs. Miller (1971), and The Player (1992).

Director Robert Altman relates how his first low-budget film, The Delinquents (1957), came to the attention of Alfred Hitchcock, led Altman's directing his first television show for Alfred Hitchcock Presents.

Altman talks about what kind of inspiration he hopes to find when a new script.

Altman describes how he adapted several Raymond Carver short stories into Short Cuts and how he planned out the sequence of the interconnecting tales.