Favorite Snow Scenes: #2: - McCabe & Mrs. Miller (1971)

Last week we discussed my love of the opening scene of John Carpenter's The Thing - the first in this series. Today, we shift gears to Robert Altman's McCabe & Mrs. Miller (1971). This is definitely a spoiler if you have not seen the film - so proceed with caution. The scene in question is near the end of the film. The chapel is on fire and the chaos of the townsfolk trying to douse the flames is juxtaposed with McCabe (Warren Beatty) in the snow being hunted by Butler (Hugh Millais), a bounty hunter. The snow scenes are filled with a chilling wind, and the crunch of the snow. The fire scenes with many voices and the crackling of fire. The cold and the flames. The saving and the hunted. A perfect snow scene. There is more to it than I've just described, which you can see in the clip below (but I try to avoid spoilers as much as I can). If you have not seen McCabe & Mrs. Miller - please do. There is a reason it is on everyone's lists. It deserves your attention.