Blast from the Past

This is a sample post from a past Silverback season, designed to prime the pump for the soon-to-be-announced upcoming season. The theme for that season was “One Degree of Separation” and each film selection had to have a direct connect to the previous selection. This film was selected by SB Mark, and we were enjoying it very much until SB Jon pointed out that the snow in the exciting climax was fake.


McCabe & Mrs. Miller


Meanwhile, back in the land of Silverbacks, the group gathered on 12/12/18 to view a film selected and sponsored by SSB Mark. Smoked trout from the Pacific Northwest was served.

The one degree of separation? The soundtrack, featuring a monster Silverback, Leonard Cohen, who also passed away this year.


From Rotten Tomatoes, or one of those sites:

Set in winter in the Old West. Charismatic but dumb John McCabe arrives in a young Pacific Northwest town to set up a whorehouse/tavern. The shrewd Mrs. Miller, a professional madam, arrives soon after construction begins. She offers to use her experience to help McCabe run his business, while sharing in the profits. The whorehouse thrives and McCabe and Mrs. Miller draw closer, despite their conflicting intelligences and philosophies. Soon, the corporation, which wants to buy out McCabe along with the rest. He refuses, and his decision has major repercussions for him, Mrs. Miller, and the town.


Ultimately, this is a film about Silverbacks in conflict, and, as such commanded our rapt attention. Leonard sums it up in his song.


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