ALTMAN (2013 seen on Prime Video): The documentary looks at the life and works of film-maker Robert Altman. One of the loyal Movie Views readers recommended this film to us and we thank her for it. I fondly remember going to the Oriental Theatre in downtown Chicago to see Mash in 1970. It was revelatory and quite wonderful, and it changed forever what I thought a good movie could be. Altman was the first to use overlapping dialogue, something that other directors have incorporated in their films. The documentary is a fairly standard biography, beginning in Altman’s TV days and continuing on through his distinguished career. The critics on Rotten Tomatoes were not kind to the movie. I think their problem with the documentary is because it just wasn't as good as an Altman film. Anyone who loves movies, and Altman films in particular, will love it. Mash was his first unqualified hit for which he was awarded Best Director by the Cannes Film Festival, BAFTA, and the New York Film Critics Circle. His direction for Mash was nominated for an Oscar, but he didn’t win. However, in 2006, The Motion Picture Academy gave him an honorary award “For a career that has repeatedly reinvented the art form and inspired filmmakers and audiences alike.” In 1971 he directed and wrote the screenplay for McCabe & Mrs. Miller, in which he imagines what life on the frontier might be like. Gary numbers that film among his favorites. The documentary made us want to see again our favorite Atman movies. He said in the documentary that he was so proud that none of his films were alike, but he came to believe they were all chapters in the same book. We will not see his like again. GRADE A