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Winter is Dark: McCabe & Mrs. Miller

(Rated MA15+)

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Winter is Dark: A Gin & Film Festival

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Overview

It’s 1902 in wintry Washington State and charismatic but slow-witted gambler John McCabe (Warren Beatty) arrives in town to set up a local tavern. The shrewd brothel madam Mrs. Miller (Julie Christie) hits the scene soon after and offers to use her experience to help McCabe run his business, while sharing in the profits. The whorehouse thrives and McCabe and Mrs. Miller draw closer, despite their conflicting intelligences and philosophies. Soon, however, the mining deposits in the town attract the attention of a major corporation, which wants to buy out McCabe along with the rest. He refuses, and his decision has major repercussions for him, Mrs. Miller, and the town.

Why You Should See This Film

Referred to by director Robert Altman as an “anti-Western film”, McCabe & Mrs Miller is a gloriously shot subversion of Western conventions, receiving major critical acclaim upon its release and an Academy Award nomination for Christie as Best Actress. From its stunning costumes to its poetic Leonard Cohen-penned soundtrack, it’s no wonder Pauline Kael of The New Yorker called it "a beautiful pipe dream of a movie—a fleeting, almost diaphanous vision of what frontier life might have been," adding, "The movie is so affecting it leaves one rather dazed."

Winter is Dark: A Gin & Film Festival

To celebrate the darker side of the seasons, join our friends at Four Pillars Gin for Winter is Dark: A Gin & Film Festival. Throughout the month of August, we're bringing you a program of dark cult films covering the genres of comedy (Harold & Maude, Fargo), romance (Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Only Lovers Left Alive), drama (McCabe & Mrs Miller, Force Majeure) and horror (The Exorcist, The Thing). And of course, every week gets a Bloody Shiraz Gin cocktail to match.

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  • Year: 1971
  • Rating: MA15+
  • Director: Robert Altman
  • Cast: Julie Christie, Warren Beatty, Rene Auberjonois
  • Duration: 120 minutes
  • Language: English
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