• 3 Women, Robert Altman’s 1977 mesmerizing dream of a movie, is particularly magical on the big screen, as viewers at the UCLA Film & Television Archive in Los Angeles can find out on Sunday, April 13. Showing in a double feature with another Altman film all about women, the 1982 stage adaptation Come Back to the 5 & Dime Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean, this unforgettable tale of two roommates, brilliantly played by Shelley Duvall and Sissy Spacek, is like Ingmar Bergman’s Persona set in a dusty California resort town. Check out the mysterious original trailer, which teases viewers with stills and enigmatic voice-over.

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  • By Craig J. Clark
    April 11, 2014
    11:24 AM

    Criterion, this is your cue to add Come Back to the 5 & Dime to the Collection.
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    • By The Narrator Returns
      April 12, 2014
      10:19 AM

      Unfortunately, that's with Olive Films, but at least it's getting a release at all.
  • By obscuredbyclouds
    April 11, 2014
    05:04 PM

    I think this is one of Criterion's most underrated releases. Do you realize this film probably would have been lost forever if not for their release? It's fantastic!
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  • By Elizabeth
    April 13, 2014
    09:52 AM

    There is something about this film that has been achieved very few times in the history of cinema. It flows entirely like a dream, yet it occupies that kind of dream logic where everything seems hyper real to the dreamer. You don't know you're dreaming, until it jolts you. By the time the film has finished, we're jolted back into reality, or an awakened state. Perfect.
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  • By rvbranham
    April 15, 2014
    05:25 AM

    3 women is nearly perfect, easily among his dozen best movies... i feel altman did what an asian artist might do, inserting one unneeded scene so as not to make something perfect & offend the gods, or the balance of the cosmos. the whole actual dream sequence is beautiful but totally unneeded. the rest of the movie is plenty surreal & dreamlike without it, & the murals in that swimming pool crept into dreams & nightmares for several years after i'd seen the movie... but the coda at the end is one of the best endings altman ever committed to film, a weirdly apt & perfect mashup of buñuel, polanski, & some deadpan bits from a lubitsch movie...
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  • By rvbranham
    April 15, 2014
    05:27 AM

    & glad to hear that come back to the five & dime is coming out. olive does a pretty good job on their blurays, even if they are often a bit skimpy on extras. their fassbinder & bertolucci & godard releases are excellent...
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