Thursday, July 01, 2021

"McCabe & Mrs. Miller"

"McCabe & Mrs. Miller", directed by Robert Altman, is the 1971 action Western feature, filmed in Squamish, British Columbia, with background music consisting of three songs composed and performed by Leonard Cohen: 

" 1902, gambler 'John McCabe' arrives mysteriously and mumbling to himself in the town of 'Presbyterian Church', named after its only substantial building, a tall but mostly unused chapel. 

"McCabe quickly takes a dominant position over the town's simple-minded and lethargic miners, thanks to his aggressive personality and rumors that he is a gunfighter. 

"McCabe establishes a makeshift brothel, consisting of three prostitutes. But when Brit cockney 'Constance Miller' arrives in town and tells him she could run a brothel for him more profitably, the two become financially successful business partners, open a higher class establishment including a bathhouse for hygiene, and a romantic relationship develops between the two. 

"As the town becomes richer, 'Sears and Hollander', a pair of agents from the 'Harrison Shaughnessy Mining Company' in Bearpaw, arrive to buy out McCabe's business. Shaughnessy is notorious for having people killed when they refuse to sell. 

"McCabe does not want to sell at their initial price, but he overplays his hand in the negotiations in spite of Mrs. Miller's warnings that he is underestimating the violence that will ensue if they do not take the money..." 

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