That's the good stuff. Such richly textured filmmaking. The two are obviously very similar but I couldn't help but think of Flowers of Shanghai (and even more directly First Cow) whilst watching this. Both infused with a kind of realism that brings the world to life in a really sensory way. Altman here using it to dismantle and then (literally) re-build the myth of the Old West.
Beatty's best I think.
Having just finished up on Altman on Altman, I decided to fire this on after it never really being one of his that I have revisited.
Arriving at the turn of the decade it's hard to think of a more appropriate film to ring in the 70s - in a positive and negative sense. The flippancy shown by the surgeons as a way of shielding themselves from the horrors of the war struck a chord with the movie-going public that…