Here’s one measure of Robert Altman’s influence: asked to celebrate the director’s way-overdue honorary Oscar Sunday with a Robert Altman Blog-a-thon Weekend March 3 through 5, a small constellation of writers has responded by doing whatever the hell they want, in whatever manner and at at whatever pace they please.
Sergio Leone and the Infield Fly Rule has already published a tasty two-part career survey that’s as fractured and idiosyncratic as Altman’s films. (Part 1 is here, Part 2 is here.) The Wit of the Staircase has gotten lost in the opium haze of McCabe & Mrs. Miller. Enter the Quiet Bubble for a rhapsody on Dr. T and the Women that coins a phrase I plan to steal: “Screwball raunch.” The Evening Class has an account of a 2003 Robert Altman tribute at the Castro Theater, where Nashville was screened and Altman held court.