McCabe & Mrs. Miller Short Essay

McCabe & Mrs. Miller Short Essay - R ichard Russell...

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Richard Russell Written Entry: Week 5 Q: 5 While Robert Altman’s 1971, “McCabe & Mrs. Miller,” features several prominent conventions of the “western” genre, it is perhaps most ostensibly a drama. McCabe & Mrs. Miller might even perhaps be better described as a character study. Numerous moments of the film recall the imagery and themes of similar character dramas (modern and classic) such as; Cold Mountain, L’Avventura, and Paris Texas, just to name a few. Films that are not defined solely by their landscape, but much rather, the landscape is the soul. In the case of McCabe & Mrs. Miller, it is not an easy landscape. One covered in rocks, snow and blood. McCabe & Mrs. Miller can understandably be interpreted as a Western by less discerning eyes, but to others in the know, this one is a genre-bender. McCabe was released just several years after the collapse of the studio system. It was a peculiar time in Hollywood where films were becoming more daring and experimental, with more of an
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This note was uploaded on 08/13/2011 for the course FIL 3826 taught by Professor Johngoshorn during the Spring '11 term at University of Central Florida.

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