McCabe and Mrs. Miller

USA 1971. Dir: Robert Altman. 121 min. DCP

Early Hollywood North: Focus on Robert Altman
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Robert Altman’s magnificent revisionist Western, filmed in West Vancouver, is one of his major achievements. Warren Beatty is mysterious stranger McCabe, a gambler and supposed gunfighter, who rides into a rough mining town looking to make some money. Julie Christie is Mrs. Miller, the opium-smoking madam who becomes his business partner in running a brothel. Their flourishing operation soon attracts the dangerous attention of powerful business interests. Leonard Cohen’s haunting music and Vilmos Zsigmond’s moody cinematography make important contributions. “A supremely beautiful movie ... Altman’s sharpest visualization of the corruption of the American Dream” (Derek Malcolm). “This modern classic is not like any other film” (Pauline Kael).

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Introduced by curator Harry Killas.