Director: Robert Altman Run Time: 160 min. Format: DCP Rating: R Release Year: 1975
Starring: Keith Carradine, Karen Black, Henry Gibson, Ronee Blakley, Lily Tomlin, Shelley Duvall, Ned Beatty, Barbara Harris
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.