I have not seen many Altman movies and it is a shame, so now is the time to get to it. Of the few films I have seen of him 3 Women is one of my favorite, but Gosford Park I cannot stand. Even if I love or hate a move of his, I never know what to expect, and that is a treat. Luckily, all of the movies I watched this week were either good, great or fantastic.
McCabe & Mrs. Miller (1971)
An interesting setting. A western, but unlike anything I have seen before. Love the characters and mood.
Nominated for Best Actress in a Leading Role (Julie Christie) in 1972.
Much more in the style of 3 Women, than his “regular” ensemble pieces, which is a nice change of pace and he master it well. Tense and mysterious. The cinematography is absolutely gorgeous.
Nominated for Best Music, Original Dramatic Score in 1973.
Such a gem. It is instantly one of my favorite movies, and I can’t wait to watch it again and delve into the many details I didn’t catch first time around.
Winner of Best Music, Original Song For the song “I’m Easy” in 1976.
Nominated for Best Picture, Best Actress in a Supporting Role (Ronee Blakley), Best Actress in a Supporting Role (Lily Tomlin) and Best Director.
The Player (1992)
Didn’t quite work for me. A more streamline Altman, even though focused on being meta, is still in the end a more streamline Altman. It’s good, but nothing special.
Nominated for Best Director, Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material Previously Produced or Published and Best Film Editing in 1993.
Short Cuts (1993)
Three hours just flies by, and it is such a rare treat nowadays to get an ambitious character driven movie like this. I want modern films like this, now!
Nominated for Best Director in 1994.