16 Unexpectedly Influential Film Directors of the 20th Century


Robert Altman

With his peerless skill at guiding ensemble casts through a rich tapestry of interwoven stories (Nashville, 1975), Robert Altman made films that were short on explosions and shootouts, and long on thoughtful characterization, rueful wit, and the complexities of emotion and desire that nudge (or sometimes propel) us through life. Altman inspired some equally intelligent later filmmakers, including Paul Thomas Anderson (Magnolia, 1999).