McCabe & Mrs. Miller (1971)
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Easy to see how opinions over this decidedly "other" Anti-Western are divided. I too found the buildup pretty uninviting but the photography and soundtrack by Leonard Cohen magnificent. And what a wonderful climax in the snow that is.
I'm usually having problems with the films by Robert Altman, though. This is not for all - you have to see which party you belong to.
Not only is it rather decidedly not "long and boring," it is, in fact, one of the greatest, most beautiful and haunting and enthralling films ever made.
A really interesting take on the western, with a gunslinger
who isn't a gunslinger, lots of long static shots interspersed with some more spaghetti western-inspired quick zooms to closeup. Julie Christie really shines as a prostitute with a heart of gold nugget.
The audio mixing is a bit unintelligible, partly by Altman's intention to capture both dialogue and background noise and partly because Altman's experimentation with multi-track recording to accomplish this wasn't quite ready for primetime.
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This movie ranks #36 in IMDb's Western Top 50
This movie ranks #45 in Stanley Kubrick, Cinephile
This movie ranks #55 in BFI's 100 Westerns
This movie ranks #90 in Roger Ebert's Great Movies
This movie ranks #206 in TSPDT's 1,000 Greatest Films
This movie ranks #221 in Empire's The 500 Greatest Movies of All Time
This movie ranks #316 in Mark Cousins's The Story of Film: An Odyssey
This movie ranks #344 in Sight & Sound's The Greatest Films of All Time
This movie ranks #447 in Jennifer Eiss's 500 Essential Cult Movies
This movie ranks #486 in Emma Beare's 501 Must-See Movies
This movie ranks #524 in 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die
This movie ranks #539 in The New York Times's Book of Movies
This movie ranks #561 in Library of Congress's National Film Registry
This movie ranks #568 in The Guardian's 1000 Films to See Before You Die
This movie ranks #597 in Time Out's 1000 Films to Change Your Life
This movie ranks #615 in Jonathan Rosenbaum's Essential Cinema
This movie ranks #735 in David Thomson's Have You Seen?
This movie ranks #969 in The Criterion Collection