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A man and woman dressed in Western frontier clothing stare at a town.
McCabe & Mrs. Miller


Presented by the Melbourne Cinémathèque & ACMI

McCabe & Mrs. Miller


Beautiful Losers: Robert Altman’s Panoramic Cinema

13 Apr

A Montana brothel entrepreneur (Warren Beatty) joins forces with an opium-addicted Madam (Julie Christie). Together they create a thriving enterprise which is threatened when a large corporation arrives in town.

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  • Altman’s sleety folk Western is one of his most affecting and sadly humanistic films. Loosely based on the novel by Edmund Naughton, Altman’s moody masterpiece is an extraordinarily atmospheric, intemperate and materialist portrait of frontier life, the rise of modern capitalism and the “beautiful losers” who define his greatest work.

    Hauntingly scored with songs by Leonard Cohen, the film also features Shelley Duvall and Keith Carradine. Exquisitely shot by Vilmos Zsigmond; Pauline Kael called it a “beautiful pipe dream of a movie”.