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McCabe & Mrs. Miller (1971)  /  Quintet (1979)

McCabe & Mrs. Miller (1971)
June 27, 2014 - 7:30 pm

McCabe & Mrs. Miller (1971)

“Altman has made a dozen films that can be called great ... but one of them is perfect, and that one is
McCabe & Mrs. Miller.” -- Roger Ebert 

Directed by Robert Altman.

Wandering gambler and sharpshooter McCabe (Warren Beatty) decamps in a western mining town, opening a successful brothel in partnership with English prostitute Constance Miller. When business rivals try to buy McCabe out, or run him out, doom seems almost as certain and unrelenting as the falling snow.  Ravishing cinematography and the music of Leonard Cohen render the film an exquisitely heady take on mortality and the passage of earthly glory.

Producer: David Foster, Mitchell Brower. Screenwriter: Robert Altman, Brian McKay. Cinematographer: Vilmos Zsigmond. Editor: Louis Lombardo. Cast: Warren Beatty, Julie Christie, Rene Auberjonois. 

35mm, color, 121 min.

Quintet (1979)

Directed by
Robert Altman.

A critical and box-office bomb, director Robert Altman’s futuristic take on the end-times of humanity is undeniably haunting in its best moments, featuring entrancing cinematography and sound design that rival the best in his canon.  Ecological disaster has forced seal hunter Essex (Paul Newman) back to the city where he once lived. There he finds the remaining humans obsessed with a cryptic board game, whose consequences bleed over into real life.

Producer: Robert Altman. Screenwriter: Robert Altman, Frank Barhydt. Cinematographer: Jean Boffety. Editor: Dennis Hill. Cast: Paul Newman, Vittorio Gassman, Fernando Rey, Bibi Andersson.

35mm, color, 118 min.