Movies: A Prairie Film Companion

Garrison Keillor made his popular radio show into a movie script. What will Robert Altman do with it?

Robert Altman is getting ready to shoot the climactic production number of his new movie, tentatively titled The Last Broadcast. On the stage of the Fitzgerald Theater in St. Paul, Minn., technicians and musicians jostle with actors decked out for such roles as a radio host, a country-music singer, a rope-twirling cowboy, a 1940s-era private eye and the Angel of Death. "O.K.," Altman booms, "let's see what we can do with this ... this mess. I'm just going to sit here and watch." Before the cameras roll, he adds, not entirely jokingly, "Everybody fend for themselves!"

Making a Robert Altman movie is...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now


Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!