3 Women


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Even though director Robert Altman is one of my favorite filmmakers — I wrote a little about him five years ago in this post — I wasn’t crazy for every single one of his works. His 1977 film “3 Women,” for instance, is one of the harder to parse entries in his canon. I came across this movie poster for it today:

3 Women

What an amazing, visually lyrical, yet fully enigmatic poster. Like the movie, it demands closer inspection, even if it’s withholding in what it’s willing to reveal about the plot or even the damn point of the film. It’s true that “3 Women” wasn’t my favorite Altman film, but I’m glad I saw it, and I’m glad it was made, and this poster is a brilliant complement to it. I can’t imagine any contemporary film — even an independent one — being promoted with a poster like this in today’s film climate, just as I can’t imagine a movie like “3 Women” being made today.

  1. Hmm, I loved this movie. It was so visually layered, it was so brilliantly acted, it was so psychologically terrifying. Let’s watch it again!

  2. “3 Women” is definitely a movie of the 70’s and psychedelic/psychotic visuals and character turns feel more Lynch sometimes then they feel like Altman. But it’s one of my favourite Altman films and it fits in that mould of hard-to-watch great movies like Cassavetes’ “A Woman Under the Influence”.

    Plus, Shelley Duvall and Sissy Spacek are just such fantastic unique actors.

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