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  • keithw
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    Just wondering what people thought of Robert Altman’s Nashville……it was nominated for several Oscars including Best Picture, Director, Supporting Actress (Ronee Blakey and Lily Tomlin) and won for Best Song.   It is my second favourite movie of all time and my all time favourite scene in a movie is when Keith Carradine is singing “I’m Easy” to Lily Tomlin in the crowded smoky bar.  I especially liked the camera work as the camera showed the other three women who think the song is for them…..and then pans around…….I also think Lily Tomlin should have won the Oscar (over Lee Grant in “Shampoo”).  Anyway…….what do other people think of the movie and the performances……..and there were many (Henry Gibson, Shelley Duvall, Barbara Baxley, Geraldine Chaplin, Karen Black, etc.)

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    BTN
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    It’s an excellent movie. An absorbing panorama of America. It could have filled up the entire supporting actress category. Should’ve at least ties Tom Jones in getting three nominees in supporting actress because Barbara Baxley was excellent. No Thomas Gibson is a baffler!

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    Nashville is one of my all-time favorite films. Everyone in this, is perfect. The songs, score, structure, perfs, well, I adore. I know it isnt for everybody, but the quirkiness, pacing, cameos and storylines places it high on my list. I love Karen Black saying, she’s never heard of Julie Christie. Lol.

    The finale in Nashville, always knocks me out.  This could be my favorite film from Robert Altman, whose ‘ambling’ style is perfection here.

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    Scottferguson
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    Until The Tree of Life, this might have been the single most disappointing film I’ve ever seen (as I’ve frequently said here). Slugging, patronizing, condescending throughout, with little sense of the country music scene, it made me give up on Altman once and for all. I saw it pre-release 39 years ago, haven’t again since, but maybe this will prompt me to re-see it. I doubt it will hold up well, but I keep an open mind, despite nearly all subsequent Altman films being even worse.

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    Pavel Romanov
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    For me, Nashville is a perfect movie. Altman is at his greatest here as he weaves so many stories together and does it seamlessly. 

    While some may view Nashville as condescending, I’ve always viewed it as rightfully poking holes in country music’s false Americana, its claim to be authentically American as well as its vapidness. It definitely does (and rightfully) mock the faux folksiness of the 70s southern musical cult. And I say that as a huge country music fan especially of the era that this film covers (the ’70s). 

    And the Opal, the daffy BBC reporter, is just perfect.

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    Scottferguson
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    One of the things that I can proffer here is from having been present at creation – Altman’s target wasn’t country music – it was America – this was his Bicentennial movie (the anticipation of 1976 was already well underway). Nashville was metaphor for America. And for me it totally missed its target with typical Altman sourness and misogyny.

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    Not a big fan of Altman. Nashville drags quite a bit, but, ultimately, it is a pretty great film.

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    Adore “Nashville”! One of Robert Altman’s best creations with an ensemble cast to die for. Ronee Blakley was heartbreaking. I still think about that “ending” to this day and its present-day implications. Lily Tomlin was mesmerizing. That bar scene with Keith Carradine performing “I’m Easy?” Wow. Barbara Harris, Karen Black (my first exposure to her work; just watched “Five Easy Pieces” recently and was even more impressed by her), Geraldine Chaplin, Henry Gibson, Gwen Welles (tragic life story, and so luminous here), Scott Glenn, Michael Murphy, Shelley Duvall, Jeff Goldblum, Ned Beatty, and on and on. This thread makes me want to watch the film again.

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    benbraddock
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    Never a big fan of Altman or the bulk of his films.
    Some are good to excellent
         MASH
         GOSFORD PARK
         THE PLAYER
         SHORT CUTS
    Some are bad
         NASHVILLE
        CALIFORNIA SPLIT
        MCCABE AND MRS. MILLER
    Some i cant even watch again
       POPEYE
      BREWSTER MC CLOUD
      THIEVES LIKE US

       

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    Scottferguson
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    For me, California Split and The Long Goodbye are his two standout films.

    The man had zero visual sense as a director; his better role was as a producer – he had good ideas, for me usually poorly executed. 

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    California Split..not the dreadful Suite of Neil Simon…LOL

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    For me, Nashville is a perfect movie. Altman is at his greatest here as he weaves so many stories together and does it seamlessly. 

    While some may view Nashville as condescending, I’ve always viewed it as rightfully poking holes in country music’s false Americana, its claim to be authentically American as well as its vapidness. It definitely does (and rightfully) mock the faux folksiness of the 70s southern musical cult. And I say that as a huge country music fan especially of the era that this film covers (the ’70s). 

    And the Opal, the daffy BBC reporter, is just perfect.

    Same! I think Altman is at his best here.

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    Yeah, The Long Goodbye might be my favorite of his. I agree he’s a pretty dull director, to be honest.

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    I think the true brillance in Nashville is incredibly accurate its portrayal of the 70’s ended up being. 

    I’m Easy is a great film moment and song.

    Robert Altman is my all time favorite director and besides Short Cuts this is his best film. Lilly Tomlin was never better than when she was working with Altman.

    Even bad Altman is worth watching.

    And he gave us Cher… as an actress. 

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    I lived in the 70s. Nashville is an incredibly phony portrayal of the decade. Watch Shampoo or All the President’s Men or The Conversation or even Rocky for a much more credible vision. 
    I dare anyone to watch O.C. Stiggs, Beyond Therapy, HealtH and still say bad Altman is worth watching, Incompetent, ugly films.

     

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