Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Some Joseph Looking For A Manger

This is completely out of season, but I was thinking about McCabe & Mrs. Miller recently.

The movie takes place in Eastern Washington in the early 1880s, not long before Washington got its statehood. The set was built in British Columbia in a town founded by draft resistors. Leonard Cohen's music throughout is mind-blowing. The opening credit scene is maybe my favorite of all time, and a really beautiful use of Helvetica (actually it might be Akzidenz...?), an interesting juxtaposition of modernism and the frontier. I don't love every Robert Altman movie, but this one is truly sublime.

That is the first time I have ever used the word sublime seriously.

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