Posted on 2/28/13 01:40 AM
★★★★ (out of four)
Quite possibly in my Top Ten films that I have ever seen. Everything about it is superior and one of the most original, impressive and influential pieces of filmmaking of the last fifty years. It is not to be missed.
Directed by the rebellious director Robert Altman, the film takes a critical and at times soft-hearted look inside the country music capital of the world. It follows twenty-four characters through a five day period in Nashville.
It is filled with one memorable scene after another and there is not a single wasted character. It was a brilliant idea of Altman's to have each actor write their own songs for the film. One of those songs, written and performed by Keith Carradine won the Oscar for Best Song, and is featured in one of my all-time favorite scenes from a film. Four different women think he is singing directly to them when he pours out his heart through the lyrics.
It is about the city of Nashville yet it represents so much more and is really about somthing much broader. The U.S. itself has a protectionist ideal. We are afraid of outside influences in the world, yet it is the extremist from within our own boundaries that we should be most worried about.
This is, sadly, more true today than it was even when Altman made his classic film. It is a great and enduring piece of filmmaking.