3 Women

3 Women

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Director: Robert Altman

Cast: Robert Altman, Shelley Duvall, Sissy Spacek, Janice Rule

     
 

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Robert Altman's Three Women takes a surreal, improvisational and rather eerie look at the lives of three women in a western desert town. The plot centers around the youngest of the women, Pinky (Sissy Spacek), an eccentric, withdrawn woman trying to begin a new life. She finds work as an attendant at a hot springs spa catering to the elderly and infirm. There

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Robert Altman's Three Women takes a surreal, improvisational and rather eerie look at the lives of three women in a western desert town. The plot centers around the youngest of the women, Pinky (Sissy Spacek), an eccentric, withdrawn woman trying to begin a new life. She finds work as an attendant at a hot springs spa catering to the elderly and infirm. There she befriends her co-worker Millie (Shelley Duvall), an equally strange but more outgoing woman; the two bond, and are soon sharing an apartment. Pinky becomes increasingly dependent on Millie, eventually adopting aspects of her personality and appearance. This obsessive attachment is threatened when Pinky discovers Millie with a man -- Edgar (Robert Fortier), the macho, faux-cowboy husband of local artist Willie (Janice Rule), the last of the title's three women. Pinky's subsequent, desperate actions precipitate the film's enigmatic conclusion, involving an unexpected series of confrontations and role reversals amongst the three women. This story tends to take a backseat to the elliptical, spooky imagery, particularly the desert landscapes, and the quirky performances -- not surprising, given that the film was reportedly shot without a full screenplay and inspired by Altman's own dreams.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Mark Deming
Few filmmakers short of Luis Buñuel have made better onscreen use of dreams than Robert Altman, and 3 Women is the film in which he most successfully (and disturbingly) captured the hazy logic and off-kilter visual perspectives of the unconscious state. Shelley Duvall delivered the best work of her career as a woman so shallow that it never occurs to her that people are laughing at her behind her back, and Sissy Spacek is brilliant as Pinky, the naive girl who worships her; their emotional give and take as they begin to exchange personalities exemplifies the kind of risky but satisfying performances that Altman knows how to draw from actors. Gerald Busby's quietly troubling, discordant score and Bodhi Wind's surreal artwork are singularly appropriate aural and visual backdrops, while Charles Rosher Jr.'s cinematography layers the images in intoxicating washes of yellow and blue. While Altman has made a career out of endings that don't spell themselves out, the conclusion of 3 Women is both vague and provocative -- have we witnessed the aftermath of a tragedy, a descent into insanity, or a quiet but defiant call to arms? Altman isn't telling, but one can read 3 Women in a number of ways and still walk away convinced that it's a work of singular vision and emotional power from one of the most gifted American filmmakers of his generation.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/13/2011
UPC:
0715515086813
Original Release:
1977
Rating:
PG
Source:
Criterion
Region Code:
A
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Time:
2:04:00
Sales rank:
7,599

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Shelley Duvall Millie Lammoreaux
Sissy Spacek Pinky Rose
Janice Rule Willie
Robert Fortier Edgar
Ruth Nelson Mrs. Rose
John Cromwell Mr. Rose
Sierra Pecheur Bunweill
Craig Richard Nelson Mr. Maas
Maisie Hoy Doris
Beverly Ross Deirdre
John Davey Dr. Norton
Leslie Ann Hudson Polly
Patricia Ann Hudson Peggy
Belita Moreno Alcira

Technical Credits
Robert Altman Director,Producer,Screenwriter
Scott Bushnell Producer
Modern Film Effects Special Effects
J. Allen Highfill Consultant/advisor
Dennis M. Hill Editor
Chris McLaughlin Sound/Sound Designer
Richard Portman Sound/Sound Designer
Charles Rosher Cinematographer
Tommy Thompson Asst. Director
James D. Vance Art Director
Jim Webb Sound/Sound Designer
Monty Westmore Makeup

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Audio commentary featuring director Robert Altman ; Galleries of rare production and publicity stills ; Original theatrical trailers and television spots

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