Nashville

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(out of 5)


Robert Altman’s masterful cross-section of classic Americana is still a terrific, fascinating mosaic of stories even after all these years. The multi-plotted narrative follows a huge group of characters as they interact with each other during a country music festival in Nashville, Tennessee.   is unforgettable as the mother of two deaf children who must figure out what to do when a playboy folk singer () comes to town to start a love affair with her.   plays a tone-deaf hopeful star whose dreams end in degradation,  tries to get his errant niece () to visit his wife in the hospital, while next door the jewel of country music () lies ill from over-exhaustion. There’s also  as a snooty BBC reporter,  as another successful singer, cameos by  and  as themselves, and so very much more! Then, there’s the music: the soundtrack never stops pumping out one twangy tune after another, most of which were written by the actors who sing them (as per Altman’s encouragement). The best of the bunch are some beautiful numbers sung by Blakely, the Gary Busey-written “Since You’ve Gone” (which he was to perform until he was replaced by Carradine) and the Oscar-winning ballad “I’m Easy” by Carradine.


ABC Entertainment, American Broadcasting Company, Paramount Pictures

USA, 1975

Directed by 

Screenplay by 

Cinematography by 

Produced by Robert Altman

Music by , , , , , , ,

Production Design by

Film Editing by ,

The Criterion Collection


Academy Award
Best Music (Original Song) (“I’m Easy”, music and lyrics by Keith Carradine)

Nominations
Best Actress in a Supporting Role (Ronee Blakley as “Barbara Jean”)
Best Actress in a Supporting Role (Lily Tomlin as “Linnea Reese”)
Best Directing (Robert Altman)
Best Picture (Robert Altman, producer)

Golden Globe Award
Best Original Song-Motion Picture (“I’m Easy”, music and lyrics by Keith Carradine)

Nominations
Best Motion Picture-Drama
Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture (Ronee Blakley)
Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture (Geraldine Chaplin)
Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture (Barbara Harris)
Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture (Lily Tomlin)
Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture (Henry Gibson)
Best Director (Robert Altman)
Best Screenplay (Joan Tewkesbury)


LILY TOMLIN, KEITH CARRADINENashville

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