With 'Blackthorn' in theaters, an excuse to assess the genre
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7. "McCabe & Mrs. Miller" (Robert Altman, 1971)
Robert Altman's stab at the western was a one-off, but no less potent and evocative than one would have expected of the filmmaker, still early in his feature career in 1971. "McCabe & Mrs. Miller" has been called perfect by more than a few, an arguable point to say the least, but what it undeniably manages to be is a stark, singular spin on the corporatization of a frontier and the kinds of men needed to spearhead that shift. Julie Christie may have received Oscar attention for a role with more to chew on, but Warren Beatty delivered perhaps his best work ever as a wandering man of tomorrow stunted by the savagery of yesterday.