Robert Altman

McCabe & Mrs Miller

Altman’s wintry western about a gambler and a brothel madam in business together is the first of his masterpieces.

Image from McCabe & Mrs Miller

Image: Park Circus

USA 1971
Dir Robert Altman
With Warren Beatty, Julie Christie, Shelley Duvall, Michael Murphy
Digital 4K
Certificate 15

The first of Altman’s masterpieces, this lyrical, decidedly non-heroic western sees gambler McCabe team up with Cockney madam Miller to open a brothel-bar-casino in a remote, wintry mining community. McCabe’s reputation as a gunman attracts unwelcome attention, however. This wry meditation on the pitfalls of fame and capitalism boasts a melancholy beauty, thanks to Vilmos Zsigmond’s images and Leonard Cohen’s songs.