Tribute to Robert Altman - On the night of November 20th, the cinema lost one of its finest, a fiercely independent spirit who made movies that lived, breathed and inspired a unique devotion in movie lovers all around the world. Robert Altmanís camera eye was a remarkably delicate and sensitive instrument, seeking out and illuminating the most fleeting beauties and mysteries of being human. Altman gave us images and sounds and sensations weíd never experienced before Ė think of the sustained euphoria of California Split, the glorious interchanges between Sissy Spacek and Shelley Duvall in 3 Women, or the heartbreaking snowbound ending of McCabe and Mrs. Miller. Altmanís greatest films are uplifting in the best possible way: they open our eyes and ears to the wonders of everyday life.
A Prairie Home Companion, Altmanís final film, is a poignant and joyous triumph, a lovely celebration of show business, the passage of time, and the glories of the human face. Well be showing it on our screen this Monday at 8:30. Itís the nicest way we can think of to say goodbye.