Jim Doherty wrote:
> Altman, instead of using the film medium to
> Chandler's story, used Chandler's story to criticize
> the genre. If he wanted to criticize the genre, he
> didn't have to use Chandler's novel as a vehicle.
What should he have used, THE ASPERN PAPERS?
> > I'd say any genre
> > needs to be examined in order to stay vital. Was
> > Altman's McCabe and
> > Mrs. Miller a contemptuous insult to the western
> > genre it explored?
> Genres stay vital by continuing to tell stories well.
> That's the ONLY way they stay vital. And yes, M&MM was
> a contemptuous insult to the western.
I begin to suspect, Jim, that no genre piece that isn't
traditional is going to be acceptable by your lights. As much
as I love private eye stories, I also love Westerns. And I
thought M&MM was an excellent Western. It gave me some
new ways to think about the genre, just as TLG did for me for
the P.I. movie.
And frankly, I don't think either genre feels insulted by
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