Michael Cunningham on Altman’s McCabe & Mrs Miller

On October 3, 2011,  I'll be talking with Pulitzer Prize recipient Michael Cunningham about Altman's McCabe and Mrs. Miller.  He says "I saw McCabe and Mrs. Miller in college, and it was by some lengths the most beautiful movie I'd ever seen.  Lush and lyrical but also deeply real, free of sentimentality.  I was particularly thrilled by McCabe's love for Mrs. Miller, who is tougher than any of the men.  McCabe loves her, in part, because he's finally met his match, in female form.  Although I haven't been exactly conscious of it, I realize that throughout my writing career, I've been trying to duplicate some of the thrills of that movie:  the gorgeousness that doesn't exclude mud and excrement, the woman who is nobody's fool. When I was asked to pick a film for the series, it took me less than a minute to choose McCabe and Mrs. Miller."

Join us for a discussion of the film and its relationship to Cunningham's work. For reservations, contact The Crosby Street Hotel at 212 226 6400.

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