McCabe & Mrs.Miller

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Released 1971

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Director:
Robert Altman (I)
Released:
1971
Rating:
R

McCabe & Mrs.Miller, directed by Robert Altman, is a dazzling original film - poetic and romantic whilst harshly realistic and tragic; overturning Old West myths whilst reinforcing the mysteries of human relationships and the multi-faceted complexities of truth. In 1902, John McCabe, an entrepreneurial vagabond, arrives in Presbyterian Church, a ramshackle Pacific Northwest town in the middle of nowhere - is he simply a business man, as he claims, or is he the famous gunfighter who shot Wild Bill Roundtree? McCabe soon establishes a brothel above the saloon, and when he meets the shrewd Mrs. Miller, a madam with years of experience, business booms and even love seems set to prosper; but this unlikely paradise is short-lived once the world intrudes.

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      • Robert Altman had originally planned for there to be no music in his film, and then agreed that there might be a small amount of background music provided by the supporting character who is briefly seen playing the fiddle. However, during filming, he heard the first LP of singer-songwriter Leonard Cohen (then at the start of his fame) and realised how applicable certain Cohen songs would be for the story. Cohen, a keen admirer of Altman's earlier film Brewster McCloud, gave his permission for the songs to be used.

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