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Alan Rudolph

Alan Rudolph
Alan Rudolph at 44th KVIFF
Born (1943-12-18) December 18, 1943
Los Angeles, California, United States
Occupation Film director, Screenwriter
Years active 1972–present

Alan Steven Rudolph (born December 18, 1943) is an American film director and screenwriter.


  • Early life 1
  • Career 2
  • Films as director 3
  • References 4
  • External links 5

Early life

Rudolph was born in Los Angeles, the son of Oscar Rudolph (1911–1991), a television director and actor. He was a protégé of Robert Altman and worked as an assistant director on his adaptation of Raymond Chandler's The Long Goodbye and later Nashville.


Rudolph's films focus upon isolated and eccentric characters and their relationships, and frequently are ensemble pieces featuring prominent romanticism and fantasy. He has written almost all of his films, and repeatedly has worked with actors Keith Carradine and Geneviève Bujold, and composer Mark Isham (see List of noted film director and composer collaborations).

Director Rudolph came to prominence with Choose Me (1984), the story of the sexual relationships among a handful of lonely, but charming, people – an ex-prostitute bar owner (Lesley Ann Warren), an emotionally repressed radio talk show hostess (Bujold), and a disarmingly honest madman (Carradine). Trouble in Mind (1985) featured Kris Kristofferson as well as Bujold, Carradine and John Waters icon Divine. The film was entered into the 36th Berlin International Film Festival.[1]

The Moderns (1988) was a love story, set in 1926 Paris, about an expatriate American artist (Carradine) re-igniting his love for his wife (Linda Fiorentino), despite her marriage with a sinister, philistine art collector played by John Lone. In 1990, Rudolph wrote and directed the quirky private eye love story "Love at Large" which was filmed in Portland, Oregon.

After the thriller Mortal Thoughts (1991) starring Demi Moore, Equinox (1992) starred Matthew Modine as a pair of separated twins, and Mrs. Parker and the Vicious Circle (1994) was a loving recreation of the Algonquin Round Table and a sympathetic biopic of Dorothy Parker, with Jennifer Jason Leigh in the title role. Breakfast of Champions (1999) was an adaptation of Kurt Vonnegut's metafictional novel, with Albert Finney as the wildly prolific but terminally under-appreciated science fiction writer Kilgore Trout. The film was entered into the 49th Berlin International Film Festival.[2]

In April 2008, Rudolph presented a solo show of paintings at Gallery Fraga, Bainbridge Island, Washington.

Films as director


  1. ^ "Berlinale: 1986 Programme". Archived from the original on December 28, 2010. Retrieved January 8, 2011. 
  2. ^ "Berlinale: 1999 Programme". Retrieved January 29, 2012. 
  3. ^ "Maria's B-Movie Mayhem: Scream / Barn Of The Naked Dead (Review)". DVD Verdict. Retrieved December 29, 2013. 
  4. ^ Everman, Welch D (2000). Cult Horror Films: From Attack of the 50 Foot Woman to Zombies of Mora Tau. Citadel Press. pp. 27–28.  

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