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Projects: 1990s

The Afterglow series (24 linear feet and one oversized box) contains materials from the 1997 film written and directed by Alan Rudolph and produced by Robert Altman. The actors in the film include Nick Nolte, Julie Christie, Lara Flynn Boyle, Don Jordan, Jay Underwood and Jonny Lee Miller.

The legal materials include "Closing Binders" containing copies of most of the legal documents related to the production. Included are corporate documents for Afterglow, Inc., Elysian Dreams LLC, and Gallery Motion Pictures, Inc., loan documents for Coutts & Co. and Lewis Horowitz Organization, and personnel agreements for the producer, director and cast. In addition, the binders contain documents related to the script, financing, guilds and unions, insurance and other production documents.

The business and financial materials are extensive and include accounts payable for vendors in both the U.S. and Canada. Some of the accounts payable files include contracts for vendors as well. There are also separate files containing the petty cash receipts. The rest of the business and financial materials cover payroll and budgets.

The script materials chronicle the various changes and drafts. They also include the final "lined" version of the script used during production.

The production materials consist mostly of schedules. There are detailed production reports and call sheets for each day of shooting. In addition, there is a detailed production notebook with information about all stages of the process, from casting to delivery.

The Black and Blue series (.5 linear feet) contains materials from the 1993 PBS television production directed by Robert Altman. The photographs subseries include a photograph of Altman on-the-set.

The Cookie's Fortune series (29 linear feet) is comprised of materials from the 1999 film directed by Robert Altman. The screenplay was written by Anne Rapp. The actors in the film include Glenn Close, Charles Dutton, Julianne Moore, Patricia Neal, Chris O'Donnell, Liv Tyler and Courtney Vance.

Business and financial is the largest sub-series, consisting of records for accounts payable, cast and crew payroll and over 30 versions of the film's budget. Additionally, there is a general ledger from 2000 detailing total expenses from the film. The legal documents contain numerous agreements including those for the actors, Anne Rapp and Robert Altman. There are also legal documents concerning the financing and producing of the film, and those of Spelling Films, a company that was initially planning on financing Cookie's Fortune. The scripts sub-series contain over 45 versions of the script, from 1996-1998.

James McLindon, a producer of the film, has his own heading in the production and post-production sub-series, as the materials indicate he was involved in almost every aspect of the filming. These documents contain correspondence and memoranda regarding topics ranging from location ideas to airline travel. Also in the production sub-series are set plans for locations in Mississippi including Cookie's mansion, the police station and Theo's Juke Joint, and materials regarding casting ideas, shooting schedules, laboratory work, among other topics.

The publicity and distribution sub-series include materials such as film reviews and articles, box office numbers and international promotion. Documents regarding the Sundance and Berlin Film Festival can be found in the awards, events and festivals sub-series. There are a number of photographs in the series, which include pictures taken on the set, location ideas and Polaroids of the extras' wardrobe. The majority of these photographs were taken by Joyce Rudolph, wife of director Alan Rudolph who Altman worked with as a producer on several projects.

The Gingerbread Man series (8.3 linear feet) consists of material from the 1998 film directed by Robert Altman. The script was written by John Grisham and revised by Clyde Hayes, starring Kenneth Branagh, Embeth Davidtz, Robert Downey, Jr., Daryl Hannah, Tom Berenger, Robert Duvall, and Famke Janssen.

The correspondence sub-series consist of several handwritten cards and personal notes from Harvey Weinstein, Robert Duvall, Paul Mazursky, Al Pacino, and a card addressed to actress Embeth Davidz. The legal material includes items related to disputes regarding a residential house rented as an editing space. A portion of the legal material is from the law offices of Jerome Walsh. The business and financial sub-series contains several different versions of the budget and documentation of the financial relationship between this picture and Altman's Sandcastle 5 production company.

Several versions of the script include a first draft by Grisham and a "sanitized" version. The production and post-post production material includes documents related to agreements for product placements within the film.  Additionally there are items related to a disagreement with Polygram Pictures, the film's distributor, over the final editing of the film.  This includes letters of support from other directors and material from several test screenings of the film.

The publicity and distribution sub-series contain correspondence and memos regarding several publicity screenings attended by celebrities and the press as well as box office reports.  The articles and reviews sub-series include a number of articles related to the editing dispute with Polygram Pictures.

The Gun series (2.3 linear feet) consists of materials from the 1998 television series. Robert Altman directed one episode, "All the Presidents Women," and served as executive producer for the entire series. The series includes correspondence, legal materials, business and financial documents, scripts, production and post-production materials, music and scores, and publicity and distribution materials.

This was an anthology series (sometimes referred to as Robert Altman's Gun) of six episodes. Daryl Hannah, James DiStefano, Ed Begley Jr., Kirsten Dunst, and Martin Sheen were among the many actors in this project. Episodes were written by Jim Sadwith, Anne Rapp, Joe Cacacci, and Clyde Hayes and, in addition to Altman, directed by Jeremiah S. Chechik, Ted Demme, James Foley, Peter Horton, and Jim Sadwith.

This series includes a small amount of correspondence including a letter from International Creative Management, Inc. offering Altman the position of executive producer for the series, and a postcard from writer Anne Rapp. The legal material documents Altman's interactions with Kushner-Locke's television production company KLTV. Other documents from this same company are included in the business and financial sub-series as is a copy of the budget for the Altman-directed episode, "All the Presidents Women."

A number of scripts are included in this series. These include multiple drafts of "All the Presidents Women" and a first draft on an unproduced episode written by Joseph Wambaugh, titled "Family Trust." The production and post-production subseries contains lists of potential actors and directors for the series, such as Spike Lee, Campbell Scott and Tim Robbins. Additionally, a number of stories were under consideration to be used as the basis for future, ultimately unproduced episodes of the show.  Also included in these materials are various production schedules. Publicity and distribution subseries contain correspondence from publicity and marketing company Bender, Goldman, and Helper. This includes faxes confirming publicity interviews and photocopies of articles regarding the show.

Notes on the arrangement of Gun:

The materials are arranged primarily according to the original order of the documents. The script series, however, is arranged by episode to facilitate use of the materials.

The Kansas City series (47 linear feet and 1 oversized box) consists of material from the 1995 film directed by Robert Altman and co-written by Robert Altman and Frank Bahrydt. The film's actors include Jennifer Jason Leigh, Miranda Richardson, Harry Belafonte, Michael Murphy, Dermot Mulroney, Steve Buscemi, Jane Adams, and others.

The business and financial records are the largest subseries, and include files compiled for each actor, consisting of "deal memos," work forms and work agreements.  CIBY 2000, a distribution company based in France, had its hand in nearly all aspects of the film’s production. Legal, business and financial, and the distribution material all contain materials evidencing CIBY 2000’s role in the financing, production and distribution of the film. These records also include accounts payable (arranged alphabetically by vendor name), payroll for the cast and crew, insurance coverage, and many iterations of the budget. Additionally, these records contain a high-level of detail for each day’s production, and extensive information about the extras appearing in the film.

  The legal materials include many agreements, in addition to actress Kim Basinger's claim against Altman relating to her replacement by Miranda Richardson.  The production and post-production files contain interviews with cast members, musicians, crew members, and consultants for "Electronic Press Kits" (EPK). The interviews were conducted by Quinn Donohue, a CIBY 2000 publicist, and John Altman. Additional materials include edited prop photographs, placing characters within pictures of president Franklin Delano Roosevelt. The topical files contain vast amounts of research conducted for the film, exploring key figures and places in Kansas City in the 1930s, including information pertaining to clubs and taverns, Charlie Parker and other jazz musicians, 18th and Vine, Union Station, elections, and political "boss" Tom Pendergast.

The photographs series include several locations in downtown Kansas City, Missouri. The bulk of these materials form panoramic views of historically significant locations used in the production of the film. The photographs include a substantial amount of Polaroid pictures used for continuity purposes, ensuring consistency from scene-to-scene.

Footage filmed during Kansas City's production was used in Altman's companion piece, Robert Altman's Jazz '34: Remembrances of Kansas City Swing. The musicians' legal contracts include the performances for Jazz '34.

The McTeague series (0.8 linear feet and 2 oversized boxes) contains material related to the William Bolcom opera McTeague and the hour long Great Performances episode The Real McTeague. Altman directed the world premier production of the opera, which was first performed at the Civic Opera House in Chicago on October 31, 1992, by the Lyric Opera. Altman co-wrote the libretto with Arnold Weinstein based on the 1899 novel by Frank Norris. (Weinstein and Bolcom also collaborated with Altman on the 2004 opera A Wedding based on Altman's film.) Ben Heppner, Emily Golden, Timothy Nolen, and Catherine Malfitano starred in the opera.  Altman was the creative supervisor on The Real McTeague which combined video of the opera with clips from Erich von Stroheim's 1924 silent film Greed. This show was directed by Kirk Browning and narrated by Studs Terkel, using passages from Norris's novel.

This series contains several different drafts of both the libretto and the score of the opera.  Included in the production and post-production sub-series are sketches on Sandcastle 5 letterhead in pencil and pen and ink by the artist Yuri Kuper.  Kuper worked on McTeague as the set designer and had worked with Altman previously on Vincent and Theo.  The articles and reviews sub-series include articles on The Real McTeague in addition to the opera. A small number of slides taken of the opera are also included in this collection.

The Mrs. Parker and the Vicious Circle series (20 linear feet) consists of materials relating to the 1994 film written by Alan Rudolph and Randy Sue Coburn. The film, was directed by Alan Rudolph and produced by Robert Altman and Allan Nicholls, and was filmed in Montreal, Canada. The large cast of actors includes Jennifer Jason Leigh, Campbell Scott, Matthew Broderick, Peter Gallagher, Jennifer Beals, Andrew McCarthy, Stephen Baldwin, Gwyneth Paltrow, Stanley Tucci, and many others.

The legal sub-series includes documentation relating to the incorporation and dissolution of Park Bench Films, agreements for the financing, production, and distribution of the film, as well as contracts for the cast and crew, called "Deal memos." The chain of title documents relate to the research and payment of rights.

The bulk of the material is the business and financial sub-series. The sub-series contains budgets, cost reports, petty cash receipts, payroll records, accounts payable records, general ledger documentation, and other financial documents. Some of the documents have U.S. and Canadian versions, and some of the Canadian documents are in French. Accompanying these business materials are the files of Danielle Sotet, (4 linear feet) Altman's accountant located in New York. Her materials, arranged independently within the business and financial sub-series, represent a condensed version of the Mrs. Parker series as a whole, with correspondence, legal, business and financial, and production documents, as well as a script.

In the scripts subseries, multiple versions of the script are included indicating many title changes, with Mrs. Parker and the Round Table remaining as the title until very close to, and possibly overlapping the start of filming.

The production and post-production sub-series includes call sheets, production reports, and shooting schedules detailing the 40 days of filming in Montreal, continuity and spotting lists, sound logs, and editing logs from the post-production phase, as well as other documentation.

There is also one folder of music cue sheets, correspondence and copies of articles related to publicity from Fine Line who distributed the film nationally and Miramax Films who distributed the film internationally. The articles and reviews sub-series has bound collections of reviews of the film. The very limited photographic material includes one photographic still, one sheet of slides with stills, and one sheet of slides of the crew.

Throughout the Mrs. Parker series there are faxes sent back and forth between New York to Canada; these have been photocopied to preserve the information printed on the thermal paper.

The Player series (4 linear feet) contains materials from the 1992 film directed by Robert Altman, and written by Michael Tolkin, based on his novel. The actors in the film include Tim Robbins, Greta Scacchi, Fred Ward, Whoopi Goldberg, Peter Gallagher, Vincent D'Onofrio, and Lyle Lovett.

The correspondence sub-series include notes and letters of congratulations to Altman on his success with the film. The legal materials from the law offices of Jerome Walsh include several "participation statements" detailing gross receipts, and distribution fees costs related to the film's distribution. 

The cast lists in the production and post-production sub-series includes salary information for each actor, and the number of weeks they worked on the project.

"Key art" in the production sub-series consists of draft illustrations for the one-sheet art used in the promotion of the film. There are approximately nine versions of the script located in the script sub-series, including notes from the film's screenwriter, Michael Tolkin. Invitations to the film's premiere in Los Angeles, New York, and Ann Arbor, Michigan are included in the publicity and distribution series. Additionally, the PMK Public Relations file includes correspondence detailing various pre-release screenings to the media, both in the U.S. and Britain. Additional screening guest lists are included in publicity and distribution in their own file. The articles and reviews sub-series are separated into domestic and international groupings. In some instances, the international articles include domestic reviews. Because the public relations company working for Mr. Altman grouped them together, the original order of the records were retained.

Articles regarding the film's exhibition at the Cannes Film Festival are in the awards, events and festivals sub-series, and excluding a few articles, are from international publications, French periodicals in particular.

The Pret-a-Porter series (49 linear feet, 1 oversized box) consists of material from the 1994 film directed by Robert Altman and co-written by Robert Altman and Barbara Shulgasser. The film was distributed by Miramax Films, with a title of Ready to Wear for the U.S. release. The film's actors include Lauren Bacall, Kim Basinger, Sophia Loren, Marcello Mastroianni, Stephen Rae, Julia Roberts, Tim Robbins and Forest Whitaker, among many others.

The legal sub-series contain numerous agreements including those for the actors, crew, musicians and Altman. There is also a significant amount of correspondence concerning budget agreements. The legal files – Walsh, Jerome sub-series includes documents regarding lawsuits, including the lawsuit designer Karl Lagerfeld filed against Miramax Films and Robert Altman.

Business and financial is the largest sub-series in the collection, including payroll for the cast and crew, vendor histories and five general ledgers from both France and the United States. Within this sub-series are the files of Danielle Sotet, Altman's accountant. These files are arranged separately within the sub-series and contain material regarding topics such as cost reports, financial reports and audits.

The series includes 26 versions of the Pret-a-Porter script, including a shooting script and the original 1984 treatment by Robert Altman and Joan Tewkesbury. The production and post-production sub-series include documents regarding plot synopsis, cast lists, shooting schedules and an assortment of information on specific designers featured in the film. There are also a significant number of materials regarding the end credits of the film.

Documents regarding music submissions from record labels, cue sheets and arrangement ideas can be found in the music and scores sub-series. In the publicity and distribution sub-series, material regarding screenings, various film premieres, articles and international press clippings can be found. The photographic material consists of contact sheets, slides, and pictures taken while on the set as well as during the Cannes Film Festival.

The Roads and Bridges series (.5 linear feet) contains materials from the 1999 film executive produced by Robert Altman, and directed by Abraham Lim. The series consists of correspondence, business and financial materials, legal documents and film festival correspondence.

The Robert Altman's Jazz '34: Remembrances of Kansas City Swing series (3 linear feet and 1 oversized box) consists of material from the 1996 film directed by Robert Altman. The film's voice actors include Harry Belafonte, and the musicians Ron Carter, Christian McBride, Don Byron, Geri Allen, James Carter, and others.

The Awards, events and festivals subseries include materials from a jazz concert tour in 1996-1997 to promote the film.

The Shortcuts series (15 linear feet) consists of materials from the 1993 film directed by Robert Altman, co-written by Altman and Frank Bahrydt, and based on the work of Raymond Carver. The film features the actors Tim Robbins, Chris Penn, Madeleine Stowe, Julianne Moore, Andie McDowell, Matthew Modine, Tom Waits, Lily Tomlin, Robert Downey Jr., Lili Taylor, and many others.

The correspondence sub-series include many notes, cards and letters from Tess Gallagher, from 1991-1994. Gallagher comments on versions of the script, makes editorial suggestions, and describes her reactions to the film. Included are photographs with Altman. The legal materials include many agreements detailing nearly all aspects of the production.

Publicity and distribution include materials pertaining to the promotional documentary film, Love, Trust and Ketchup: Robert Altman in Carver Country, shot on-location during the making of the film. Additional publicity materials include illustrations by artist Don Bachardi, who provided color portraits of the 22-member cast for the published Altman and Bahrydt script. The publicity stills were taken by photographer Joyce Rudolph, wife of filmmaker Alan Rudolph, and measure, in total, approximately six linear feet.

The Vincent and Theo series consists of materials from the 1990 film written by Julian Mitchell and directed by Robert Altman. The film co-stars Tim Roth and Paul Rhys as Vincent and Theo Van Gogh.

The legal sub-series is quite extensive and includes contract agreements, and correspondence. The Boeken, Belbo v. Altman correspondence and court documents, in this sub-series and in the files of Jerome Walsh, detail the disputes over money andcontract interpretation with producer Ludi Boeken and Belbo Films, initial legal action by Altman in France, a slander suit filed by Boeken and Belbo Films, and a countersuit by Altman. The insurance correspondence and documents detail the negotiations with Altman's insurance company to pay for the legal proceedings and the settlement with Boeken and Belbo Films.

The scripts sub-series includes versions of the script written first for television and then for the theatrical release.

The publicity and distribution sub-series includes correspondence concerning advertisements, screenings, and distribution, a colorful press release for the film, press kits with publicity photographs and fact sheets, and screening guest lists.

The photograph sub-series includes images of Altman, cast, and crew on-set and stills that capture the color and beauty of the film often mentioned in reviews.