3 Women. [Film Poster]
Los Angeles: Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation, 1976. One-sheet photo-illustrated poster (measures 27" x 41").
"1 woman became 2. 2 women became 3. 3 women became 1." One-sheet movie poster promoting Robert Altman’s impressionistic masterpiece, starring Shelley Duvall, Sissy Spacek, and Janice Rule. Set in the California desert near Palm Springs, the film depicts the friendship between a timid and naive young woman (Spacek) and her garrulous and overconfident co-worker (Duvall). After the unlikely pair become roommates, a series of enigmatic events occur, and the women’s identities begin to both shift and merge. The origin of the film’s tenuous narrative was directly inspired by a dream Altman had. During a restless sleep while his wife was in the hospital for a serious operation he "literally dreamt the film," intermittently waking up to jot down images and sketches. Like the dream, which involved directing Duvall and Spacek in an identity theft story, the screenplay Altman wrote with Patricia Resnick remained relatively plotless, and the two actresses were instructed to improvise (much of Duvall’s endless chatter was extemporaneous). Upon debut at Cannes, the film was both critically and popularly successful and its thematic similarities to Persona (1966) earned Altman the accolade of the "American Bergman." Designed by American film and television title sequence designer Dan Perri. Photos by Jean Pagliuso. Three deep horizontal creases across width of poster, pinhole to each corner, slight toning. Very good. Item #5658