#17 Nashville

29 Oct

A multi-faceted ensemble piece about the country-western music business and the election campaign of an unseen, independent (populist) party candidate, the , beautifully-structured film is as rich as pure chocolate and complex as a hand woven tapestry. It tells the story of twenty-four protagonists during a five day period in Nashville. It is both comedic as well as tragic as you see the lives of these individuals becoming inter-twined. (This before the rise of JJ Abrams and the multi-story line of inter-twined charecters).

During these five days you find out about the hopes and dreams of these individuals and their intentions, whether they be honest or dishonest. We find them in all walks of life and locations, from the Grand Old Opry to parking lots and motel rooms.

Robert Altman secured his name in cinematic classics with the direction of this film. Both Lily Tomlin and Karen Black are exceptional in their roles, Lily as a Gospel singer, and Karen as the second most known country star in Nashville.

Nominated for five Academy Awards, unfortunately it won only the award for Best Song, and the acting and directing nods were overlooked, but Nashville is a true Altman classic and will be remembered for years.
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Posted by on October 29, 2006 in 70's, Drama, Top 20 Movies of the 70's


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