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Martin Scorsese On Robert Altman

He picks six filmmakers whose bold risks changed cinema.

"I saw M*A*S*H at a press screening. And not knowing any sports stuff, this was the first football game I kind of got. Altman developed this style that came out of his life, and it was so unique and so original I can't really do it justice. He was an innovator of overlapping sound, of course. But he had a uniquely American sensibility and artistic vision. If you could tune in to it and hang on, you could go with him on a great ride through life. The great thing whether he was lauded or hated by the critics, nothing stopped him. And the films were personal and not like any other films right to the very end."

A version of this article appeared in the December 2011/January 2012 issue of Fast Company magazine.