19. Robert Altman
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Robert Altman is fascinated by human behavior. You can tell by the way his camera lingers on the characters in his movies. There is a fluidity to his films, like a spectator just passing through who happens to overhear something interesting and pause for a moment to listen a little closer. Altman has worked in a number of genres, always turning them on their head and pushing the boundaries. For him, genre tropes are merely a different lens through which to view the way people react to life. It doesn’t matter if he has a primary cast of one or hundreds, nor does it matter whether we’re watching a war film or a whodunit or a Western. Robert Altman’s interest is always what is at the core. Everything else is just decoration.
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