Set in winter in the Old West. Charismatic but dumb John McCabe arrives in a young Pacific Northwest town to set up a whorehouse/tavern. The shrewd Mrs. Miller, a professional madam, arrives soon after construction begins. She offers to use her experience to help McCabe run his business, while sharing in the profits. The whorehouse thrives and McCabe and Mrs. Miller draw closer, despite their conflicting intelligences and philosophies. Soon, however, the mining deposits in the town attract the attention of a major corporation, which wants to buy out McCabe along with the rest. He refuses, and his decision has major repercussions for him, Mrs. Miller, and the town. –IMDb
An iconoclast whose work acutely attacked the conventions of genre filmmaking, Altman both satirized and revitalized such warhorses as the Western, the musical, and the crime drama, waging war on the sterile artifice of mainstream storytelling by creating a singularly sprawling and deliberately messy cinematic world bursting at the seams with sounds, images, characters, and plot lines. Famed for his inventive brand of overlapping (and often improvisational) dialogue and an acknowledged master of modern camera technique, Altman’s quixotic career has been uneven at best, yet he remains a pivotal figure of contemporary cinema, a true maverick responsible for many of the defining motion pictures of his times. Born February 20, 1925, in Kansas City, MO, Altman was educated in Jesuit schools prior to joining the Army at the age of 18; over the course of WWII, he flew over 50 bombing missions in Borneo and the Dutch East Indies. Upon his discharge in 1947, Altman studied engineering at the… read more
Eccellente prova autoriale di Altman,che rivolta il western come un calzino e lo priva delle sue storiche peculiarità:l'eroe è un meschino cialtrone,l'ambiente è squallido,le donne sono tutte prostitute,l'unico scopo quotidiano è la sopravvivenza.Non c'è ne onore ne gloria.Ma il risultato è meraviglioso,grazie ad una fotografia mozzafiato,una colonna sonora splendida e le strepitose interpretazioni.Davvero bello.4*
The saddest Western I've ever seen; from the natural lighting, the harsh early winter landscape, the lonely conversations overhead, & especially Beatty & Christie's loving relationship that doesn't go anywhere. The ending is also quite powerful.
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