Born On This Day — February 20, 1925

Robert Altman - The Long Goodbye
Robert Altman directing Nina van Pallandt and Elliott Gould in The Long Goodbye (1973)

People talk about my signature. But I ask them if they ever saw Howard Hawks’ films. They’re filled with overlapping dialog. Everything I’ve learned has come from watching other directors: Bergman, Fellini, Kurosawa, Huston, and Renoir.

—Robert Altman