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
Everything works in this one, the period details, the radio in the background, the actors, the desperate gang of thieves who manage to be likable and unlikable at the same time. Really conveys the bleakness of a being a certain character in a certain time and choosing the wrong variety of thievery to pair with a happy ending. Carradine and Duvall are both in top form as the center of the story.
a decent character study along the lines of "macabe and mrs. miller." altman's occasionaly surreal directorial flourishes make it feel more unusual than it really is, in my opinion. once past the style, it's a fairly straightforward love story with some genre flair thrown in. carradine and duvall have great, effortless chemistry that brings the whole thing together.