Amagansett actor and local supporter of the arts Alec Baldwin is hosting a Hamptons International Film Festival Winter Classic screening of McCabe & Mrs. Miller at Guild Hall in East Hampton this Saturday, February 20 at 7 p.m.
Directed by Hollywood legend Robert Altman (Gosford Park, M*A*S*H), McCabe & Mrs. Miller is a classic 1971 western starring Warren Beatty and Julie Christie as a gambler and madam who go into business together in the Pacific Northwest mining town of Presbyterian Church. When a large corporation wants to take over the town, McCabe must decide whether or not to sell—but how will his decision affect Mrs. Miller and their town?
Also starring Rene Auberjonois (The Little Mermaid, M*A*S*H), William Devane of ABC’s Hamptons-set drama Revenge, and John Schuck (Thieves Like Us), the film features cinematography by one of the greatest in the field, Vilmos Zsigmond, who just died on January 1 at age 85 in Bug Sur, California. Zsigmond’s credits include classics such as Close Encounters of the Third Kind, The Deer Hunter, The Long Goodbye and many others. In his obituary, Variety noted that Zsigmond “considered it the ultimate compliment that no two of his movies looked alike.”
This annual Winter Classic screening is a great chance to see McCabe & Mrs. Miller on the big screen and, after it ends, see HIFF Co-Chair Alec Baldwin and Artistic Director David Nugent discuss the movie, its reputation and the power of Zsigmond‘s cinematography.
Tickets are $22 ($20 for Guild Hall members). Guild Hall is located at 158 Main Street in East Hampton. Call 631-324-0806 or visit guildhall.org for tickets and info.