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Audio commentary by director Robert Altman
Rare production and publicity stills
Original theatrical trailers and television spots
PLUS: A booklet featuring an essay by critic David Sterritt
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'3 Women' is not a conventional film by any means. Every person I invite over to watch it, either loathes it or is so utterly puzzled that they need to have a stiff drink afterwards. It is not a film that all audiences will appreciate. However, those with an interest in unusual characters or artsy cinema should find it a rewarding experience, especially with repeated viewings. It's not so much a matter the film being ahead of it's time -- '3 Women' is in a timespace all of it's own!
The strongest attraction of '3 Women' for me, is the remarkable performances by Shelley Duvall and Sissy Spacek. Duvall brings a sense of pathos and false reassurance to Millie. Can't we all think of some Millie-types who we know that try so hard to fit in with society but just fail miserably? Spacek, on the other hand, gives Pinky an other-worldliness that at times borders on a personality disorder right out of the DSM-IV manual.
Like '2001: A Space Odyssey,' '3 Women' leaves several mysteries unanswered and leaves the viewer to fill in the blanks. For instance, why was Pinky was warned about the twins early on in the film? Why did Pinky give Ms. Bunwell Millie's social security number instead of her own?Read more ›
If you haven't seen the film, stop reading. If you've seen it, bear with me. Many people have talked about the 'personality swap' that takes place between Pinky and Millie. That never rang true to me. They certainly don't swap personalities, although Pinky exhibits a new personality after she jumps into the pool.
This film is simply about what a mother experiences as her daughter grows into a woman. And so many details and moments in the film say volumes about the painful realizations and feelings that many mothers go through, feelings that have never been dramatized as creatively as Altman has done here. For this reason alone, this film is a gift.
Millie is introduced as a bit directionless, always trying to fit in, but never garnering the attention, respect or love she longs for. He coworkers ignore her rants, her neighbors dismiss her, and her former roommate blows her off. But along comes Pinky, strangely childlike considering her apparent age. She is simply the daughter that enters this lonely woman's life. Not literally, but none-the-less, the relationship proceeds this way. Millie is suddenly the center of her new daughter's universe. We see Millie blush at the attention and adoration she has never received. Like any mother, Millie is constantly guiding and teaching Pinky the proper protocol for every situation - from what to wear, daily routine, entertaining guests--and Pinky absorbs it like a sponge.Read more ›
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One of my very favorite films. Altman came back from WWII and decided he could do whatever he wanted to, and apparently this was part of it. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Uliina Koivula
This was one of the strangest movies I have seen. I did keep waiting for the other shoe to drop, so to speak, during the whole movie. It kind of never did. Or did it? Read morePublished 1 month ago by JML
Starts off very promising. I really enjoyed the first two thirds of it, then it starts getting too weird to the point where it makes no sense. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Buddy1492
This is one of those movies that falls into my classification of "haunting," meaning a movie that I feel compelled to watch, no matter how many times I've seen it. Read morePublished 3 months ago by T. Sloan
Deeply intellectual, entertaining, well-directed--photographed--acted masterpiece!Published 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
-5 stars. I like Robert Altman as a director. I love Shelly Duvall. I adore Sissy Spacek. Those are the 3 Reasons I suffered through this movie. Suffered with a capital 'S'. Read morePublished 6 months ago by J. Terry