McCabe & Mrs. Miller
Western • R • 1971 • 2 hr
Old-school Altman with two charismatic actors in the snow. This one has aged well.
The best example of why Altman is a great and wholly original director. The mixture of setting and character really shines through.
Altman antics: improv, doc style camerawork, desaturated color. Palpable. You feel the gritty frontier town traffic. Not a typical narrative
One of Altman’s masterpieces. And maybe the best western ever made.
It’s Altman so it’s already better than most movies but the performances pushes this to another level
Great movie. Great soundtrack. A real gem.
A cold and honest portrait of two people in an un-glorified American West.
It’s an immersive, captivating portrayal of the simplicity and unforgiving nature of life at that time. Cohen’s songs perfectly chosen
A great movie from a bygone era of film making. The way it was shot, the dialogue, & music, it all creates a mystique; the end is stirring.
Altman takes some getting used to as a filmmaker. The plots aren’t the thing. It’s the immersive storytelling & the characters. Great film.
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