Friday, June 17, 2011

McCabe & Mrs. Miller

John McCabe is a gambler who opens a brothel in a near non existent town with Ms. Miller, a "madam". Like just about all Robert Altman films, tone takes prescience over plot. We get to see Warren Beatty act like Warren Beaty with a beard, actively gambling, smoking stogies and expanding his business enterprises. When he refuses to sell his business to a mining company, three bounty hunters are sent to kill him. The soundtrack by Leonard Cohen adds to beautiful shots of the countryside. There is not one damn thing wrong with this film. It seems to have oozed right out of Altman's head. The ending is the same as the Shining. Well, sort of.

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