Altman’s masterpiece: 24 characters and storylines surround a Nashville political rally and music festival, with the actors developing much of their own dialogue in rehearsal and co-authoring songs with music director Richard Baskin. Standout performances include Lily Tomlin, luminous in her screen debut; Ronee Blakley as Barbara Jean, the first lady of country music and a crackup waiting to happen; and Henry Gibson as sanctimonious crooner Haven Hamilton. —AFI
An iconoclast whose work acutely attacked the conventions of genre filmmaking, Altman both satirized and revitalized such warhorses as the Western, the musical, and the crime drama, waging war on the sterile artifice of mainstream storytelling by creating a singularly sprawling and deliberately messy cinematic world bursting at the seams with sounds, images, characters, and plot lines. Famed for his inventive brand of overlapping (and often improvisational) dialogue and an acknowledged master of modern camera technique, Altman’s quixotic career has been uneven at best, yet he remains a pivotal figure of contemporary cinema, a true maverick responsible for many of the defining motion pictures of his times. Born February 20, 1925, in Kansas City, MO, Altman was educated in Jesuit schools prior to joining the Army at the age of 18; over the course of WWII, he flew over 50 bombing missions in Borneo and the Dutch East Indies. Upon his discharge in 1947, Altman studied engineering at the… read more
A deluge of characters practically stepping on each other's toes. And I was probably too tired for the roller coaster editing. Pretty soon dames start to faint and cars cannon. I check my watch and it's indeed too late for slapstick. A couple of decades too late. We must be doing something right to laaast twooo hundreeed yeaaars.
What I so like about this film and what I so like about Altman`s films in general is that he was able to create a whole experience that feels like it`s a totally hollow experience, but when you finish the film you come out with your deepest feelings about your own life, your deepest feelings about the characters and the story and even your deepest feelings about cinema - And that`s what makes Altman immortal.
A lurid blend of country music and politics, following 24 intertwining individuals converging on Nashville, Tennessee. Directed with volume from the start, its chaotic set pieces aren’t a far cry from Altman’s MASH, leaving the film open to critiques of merely being a rambling, three hour splatter of Americana, not least for its comprising of dozens of musical acts often performed in succession. But it’s all done with such maturity, precision and honesty that it’s resultantly, and simply, compelling.
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Somewhere between This Is Spinal Tap and Crash is a little movie about the American people, American politics, and the American capital of country music. *Nashville… read review
Put quite simply, Robert Altman’s “Nashville” is one of the most exhilarating, overwhelming, and well-directed films I have ever experienced. I use the word “experienced” very deliberately, as this… read review
Uma polifonia de caminhos cruzados, uma tapeçaria informal de situações díspares ou interconectadas, enfim, um abrangente mosaico de vidas em dado lugar (cidade: Nashville, Estado: Tennessee, EUA… read review