Considered to be one of Altman’s most accomplished feature, this explores the intersecting lives of various people connected to the music business in Nashville. Their stories tie together with a dramatic climax.
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There is a sense in which Nashville represented a last bit of Sixties utopianism — the idea that a bunch of talented people might just hang out together in a colorful environment and, almost spontaneously, generate a movie.
Most epics are merely crowded; Nashville is multifarious. [It’s a] deft societal cross-section, a carousel of studies in musical performance, a caustic satire of show business and politics, a reckless formal gambit, and the biggest canvas Altman ever painted on.
In Nashville, the background is just as important as the foreground, and this diffusion of focus allows Altman and his collaborators to build a whole world out of minuscule interactions. As its bits and pieces accumulate, Nashville bustles like a Brueghel cityscape.