3 Women

Three Women
3 Women is a 1977 American avant-garde drama film written and directed by Robert Altman and starring Shelley Duvall, Sissy Spacek and Janice Rule.wikipedia
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Shelley Duvall

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3 Women is a 1977 American avant-garde drama film written and directed by Robert Altman and starring Shelley Duvall, Sissy Spacek and Janice Rule.
Duvall began her career appearing in various Robert Altman films in the 1970s, including Brewster McCloud (1970), McCabe & Mrs. Miller (1971), Thieves Like Us (1974), Nashville (1975), and 3 Women (1977), which won her the Cannes Film Festival Award for Best Actress and a BAFTA nomination for Best Actress.

Sissy Spacek

3 Women is a 1977 American avant-garde drama film written and directed by Robert Altman and starring Shelley Duvall, Sissy Spacek and Janice Rule.
Following her appearances in acclaimed films Welcome to L.A. (1976) and Robert Altman's 3 Women (1977), she won the Academy Award for Best Actress for her portrayal of Loretta Lynn in Coal Miner's Daughter (1980).

Robert Altman

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3 Women is a 1977 American avant-garde drama film written and directed by Robert Altman and starring Shelley Duvall, Sissy Spacek and Janice Rule.
The films he made through his company included Brewster McCloud, A Wedding, 3 Women, and Quintet.

1977 Cannes Film Festival

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3 Women premiered at the 1977 Cannes Film Festival, where it competed for the Palme d'Or and Duvall received the Best Actress Award.
3 Women by Robert Altman

Janice Rule

3 Women is a 1977 American avant-garde drama film written and directed by Robert Altman and starring Shelley Duvall, Sissy Spacek and Janice Rule.
Among her later film roles were Emily Stewart in The Chase (1966), Sheila Sommers in The Ambushers (where she was amusingly undressed by way of a villain's magnetic gun), Burt Lancaster's bitter ex-lover in The Swimmer (1968), Willie in Robert Altman's 3 Women (1977), journalist Kate Newman in Costa Gavras' political thriller Missing (1982), and Kevin Costner's mother in American Flyers (1985).

Cannes Film Festival Award for Best Actress

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3 Women premiered at the 1977 Cannes Film Festival, where it competed for the Palme d'Or and Duvall received the Best Actress Award.

Persona (1966 film)

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Ingmar Bergman's 1966 film Persona was also an influence on the film.
Altman's 1977 film 3 Women takes cues from Bergman as Shelley Duvall and Sissy Spacek's characters (Millie and Pinky) shift roles and identities.

Images (film)

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Writer Frank Caso identified themes of the film as including obsession, schizophrenia and personality disorder, and linked the film to Altman's earlier films That Cold Day in the Park (1969) and Images (1972), declaring them a trilogy.
Joe McElhaney suggests in A Companion to Robert Altman, the majority of film critics and scholars have tended to note that Altman's 3 Women (1977) was inspired directly by Ingmar Bergman's Persona (1966), but, according to McElhaney, Altman himself claimed to have been more influenced by the film when writing and directing Images five years prior.

Roger Ebert

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Roger Ebert gave the film four stars, calling the first half "a funny, satirical, and sometimes sad study of the community and its people," and adding the film then turns into "masked sexual horror".
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New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Supporting Actress

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Bodhi Wind
For Willie's paintings, the filmmakers employed artist Bodhi Wind, whose real name was Charles Kuklis.
Bodhi Wind - Murals for 3 Women

Gene Siskel

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Gene Siskel gave the film two-and-a-half out of four stars, saying he still didn't understand it after seeing it twice.
Six times, Ebert's top selection did not appear on Siskel's; these films were 3 Women, An Unmarried Woman, Apocalypse Now, Sophie's Choice, Mississippi Burning, and Dark City.

1977 New York Film Critics Circle Awards

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Runners-up: Shelley Duvall - 3 Women and Diane Keaton - Looking for Mr. Goodbar

Gerald Busby

Regarding his scores for Paul Taylor's dance "Runes" and Robert Altman's film 3 Women, Busby said "Those two pieces are acknowledged as masterpieces, so that I know they’ll last beyond me,” Mr. Busby said. “Not because what I did was a masterpiece, but I was part of it."

Experimental film

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3 Women is a 1977 American avant-garde drama film written and directed by Robert Altman and starring Shelley Duvall, Sissy Spacek and Janice Rule.

Drama (film and television)

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3 Women is a 1977 American avant-garde drama film written and directed by Robert Altman and starring Shelley Duvall, Sissy Spacek and Janice Rule.

Roommate

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It depicts the increasingly bizarre, mysterious relationship between a woman (Duvall) and her roommate and co-worker (Spacek) in a dusty, underpopulated Californian desert town.

California

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It depicts the increasingly bizarre, mysterious relationship between a woman (Duvall) and her roommate and co-worker (Spacek) in a dusty, underpopulated Californian desert town.

Film treatment

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The story came directly from a dream Altman had, which he adapted into a treatment, intending to film without a screenplay.

Screenplay

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The story came directly from a dream Altman had, which he adapted into a treatment, intending to film without a screenplay.

20th Century Fox

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20th Century Fox financed the project on the basis of Altman's past work, and a screenplay was completed before filming.