Soon after Robert Altman released his “art film” hippie Western, McCabe and Mrs. Miller (1971), Stanley Kubrick called from London with a burning question, “How’d you get that shot where McCabe [Warren Beatty] is lighting the cigar?” The shot—just a blink during the opening credits—is a tone poem: a distant point of flame against a black figure on a rope bridge in a pastel forest.
“Well, we just kind of waited till the end of the day [for the right light],” said Altman, who took the filtered telephoto shot through a pane of saloon glass.
Incredulous that it was done simply by “feel,” the precision-minded Kubrick pressed for specifics. “Yea, but after you shot it, how’d you know it was good?”
“Well, we didn’t.” 
"Robert Altman’s McCabe & Mrs Miller: Reframing the American West" 
Robert T. Self
University Press of Kansas, 2007
http://muse.jhu.edu/journals/flm/summary/v038/38.2.osborne.html

Soon after Robert Altman released his “art film” hippie Western, McCabe and Mrs. Miller (1971), Stanley Kubrick called from London with a burning question, “How’d you get that shot where McCabe [Warren Beatty] is lighting the cigar?” The shot—just a blink during the opening credits—is a tone poem: a distant point of flame against a black figure on a rope bridge in a pastel forest.

“Well, we just kind of waited till the end of the day [for the right light],” said Altman, who took the filtered telephoto shot through a pane of saloon glass.

Incredulous that it was done simply by “feel,” the precision-minded Kubrick pressed for specifics. “Yea, but after you shot it, how’d you know it was good?”

“Well, we didn’t.” 

"Robert Altman’s McCabe & Mrs Miller: Reframing the American West" 

Robert T. Self

University Press of Kansas, 2007

http://muse.jhu.edu/journals/flm/summary/v038/38.2.osborne.html

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