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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 24 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, from Opryland to the Exit/In and Centennial Park. 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 with an indispensable number courtesy of Barbara Harris.
Link: From Folk Ditty to Rally Anthem: Nashville’s “It Don’t Worry Me” —Jewly Hight, Criterion Collection (Spoilers)
“The funniest epic vision of America ever to reach the screen. Robert Altman’s 1975 movie is at once a ‘Grand Hotel’-style narrative, with twenty-four linked characters; a country-and-Western musical; a documentary essay on Nashville and American life; and a meditation on the love affair between performers and audiences.“ —Pauline Kael, New Yorker “I hate to go out on a limb after only one viewing, but NASHVILLE strikes me as Altman's best film, and the most exciting dramatic musical since Blue Angel.” —Andrew Sarris, Village Voice