Altman wins an Oscar… at last.

What’s your favorite Robert Altman film?

I love Gosford Park. And several others…

He’s been one of the Oscars’ most overlooked talents for decades. At last, he’s getting some credit.

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Jeffrey Overstreet is the author of a “memoir of dangerous moviegoing” called Through a Screen Darkly, and a four-volume series of fantasy novels called The Auralia Thread, which includes Auralia’s Colors, Cyndere’s Midnight, Raven’s Ladder, and The Ale Boy’s Feast. Jeffrey is a contributing editor for Seattle Pacific University’s Response magazine, and he writes about art, faith, and culture for Image, Filmwell, and his own website, His work has also appeared in Paste, Relevant, Books and Culture, and Christianity Today (where he was a film columnist and critic for almost a decade). He lives in Shoreline, Washington. Visit him on Facebook at

  • Susan Rose, CSJP

    Gosford Park! I watched that every day for 2 weeks when my mom died. Don’t know why but it was cathartic.

    A favorite film. Glad he’s getting some recognition.

  • Nick

    Can I say that I love what Altman introduced to the medium, (mainly overlapping dialogue) without saying I actually love any of his films?

    Perhaps the closest film of his ouvre that I “love” is “Nashville”… yet even that film has its faults.

  • jasdye


    No, probably Short Cuts.
    I liked G. Park, and it definitely seemed characteristically Altman, but I almost felt like I had to understand that world to enter it.

    Maybe the outside jerk looking and laughing in likes Nashville, but I think I’ll stick w/ Short Cuts because it inspired Magnolia.

  • wngl

    The Long Goodbye is handily my fave.
    MASH is also wonderful.
    Basically if it has Elliot Gould in it…

  • Sara Z.

    There are so many I haven’t seen, but of the ones I have (in no particular order):

    3 Women (so oddly compelling!)
    Short Cuts
    The Player
    Secret Honor

    And I think I liked Cookie’s Fortune, but it’s been awhile.

  • Lon

    I love Robert Altman. I saw The Long Goodbye a few years ago and for some reason it stuck with me. The last scene is so real and not Hollywood at all. It was so refeshing that a private eye movie could end on a note like that. I dont want to ruin the movie for anyone who hasn’t seen it and for those who haven’t you also can’t go wrong with The Player.