Director: Robert Altman Run Time: 189 min. Format: DCP Rating: R Release Year: 1975
Starring: Allen Garfield, Barbara Harris, David Arkin, Geraldine Chaplin, Henry Gibson, Jeff Goldblum, Karen Black, Ned Beatty, Robert DoQui, Scott Glenn, Shelley Duvall, Karen Black, Keith Carradine, Ronee Blakley
Nitehawk’s COUNTRY BRUNCHIN’ give thanks this November for Robert Altman’s NASHVILLE. The screening features a live pre-show serenade by NORTH OF AMARILLO.
This cornerstone of 1970s American moviemaking from Robert Altman is a panoramic view of the country’s political and cultural landscapes, set in the nation’s music capital. Nashville weaves the stories of twenty-four characters—from country star to wannabe to reporter to waitress—into a cinematic tapestry that is equal parts comedy, tragedy, and musical. Many members of the astonishing cast wrote their own songs and performed them live on location, which lends another layer to the film’s quirky authenticity. Altman’s ability to get to the heart of American life via its eccentric byways was never put to better use than in this grand, rollicking triumph, which barrels forward to an unforgettable conclusion. – Criterion