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Alan Rudolph

Alan Rudolph has been an influential pioneer of American independent filmmaking since the 1970s. He is best known for the fluid and unique dramatic atmosphere of his films, as well as his ability to effect outstanding performances.

The son of director Oscar Rudolph, Alan grew up in the film industry, quitting college to learn about filmmaking by watching studio people at work. Rudolph began a long and fruitful collaboration with Robert Altman when he signed on as an assistant director on Altman's The Long Goodbye. He went on to assistant direct two more films for Altman, California Split and Nashville, and together, Rudolph and Altman wrote the screenplay for "Buffalo Bill and the Indians or Sitting Bull's History Lesson," which captured the Golden Bear for Best Picture at the Berlin Film Festival.

Rudolph then set out to carve a distinguished writing and directing path of his own, starting with Welcome to L.A. and continuing with such films as Remember My Name, Choose Me, Trouble in Mind, The Moderns, Equinox and Mrs. Parker and the Vicious Circle which earned Jennifer Jason Leigh a Golden Globe nomination and the Best Actress award from the National Society of Film Critics.

Rudolph most recently wrote and directed Afterglow, starring Julie Christie, Nick Nolte, Lara Flynn Boyle and Johnny Lee Miller, which received the Audience Award from the Aspen Film Festival. Christie's performance earned her numerous awards including an Independent Spirit Award for Best Female Lead, Best Actress award from the National Society of Film Critics, Best Actress award from the New York Film Critics Circle, Best Actress award from the San Sebastian International Film Festival and an Academy Award nomination for Best Actress.

Note: This profile was written in or before 2002.

Alan Rudolph Facts

OccupationDirector, Screenwriter
BirthdayDecember 18, 1943 (78)
BirthplaceLos Angeles, California, USA

Selected Filmography

Mortal Thoughts
Made In Heaven
Mrs. Parker and the Vicious Circle
Endangered Species
The Moderns
Welcome to L.A.
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