• 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 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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