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McCabe & Mrs. Miller (free)

  • Central Library 201 West Mifflin Street Madison, WI, 53703 United States (map)
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Robert Altman kept very good company during the American New Wave movement and few of his gems shine so brightly as McCabe & Mrs. Miller (1971). Shot in 35mm, this film is a great introduction for viewers less familiar with Altman's body of work. Warren Beatty and Julie Christie star as the titular characters, who embark upon the American dream in the untamed western wilderness. Beatty, an unrepentant gambler, teams up with Christie, who is quite the formidable madame. The pair run the most profitable brothel in the area until a mining interest comes to town to disrupt their enterprise. A cast of characters including Altman notables Shelley Duvall and John Schuck round out this unconventional western. The added touch of Vilmos Zsigmond's cinematography and Leonard Cohen's score lift this film to near perfection. It screens here as part of the Central Library's Cinesthesia series. —Edwanike Harbour