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Blu-ray Review: Robert Altman’s Sprawling Classic NASHVILLE - Movies In Focus
Robert Altman is regarded as the master of sprawling multi-narrative films and Nashville is probably the film that captures the legendary director’s cinematic style most. This 1975 film follows a group of people as their lives intersect over the course of several days in the spiritual home of American country music. Nashville features an impressive cast including Keith Carradine, Jeff Goldblum, Henry Gibson, Shelley Duvall, Scott Glenn, Karen Black, Michael Murphy Ned Beatty, Lily Tomlin and Geraldine Chaplin. These characters insect during the lead-up to a visit of a presidential candidate, a character who is heard but never seen through the films epic 2 hour and 40 minute running time. Altman really shows a skill for handling some many plot-lines. None of the characters feel short changed, even though some have more opportunities to shine than others. Altman’s film uses the Nashville scene as a way of showing who these characters are. We can see how they are affected as they come into and then leave each other’s lives. Music is central to Nashville and Altman uses it as a way of heightening the emotional relationships between each of the characters and also showing their superficiality. The film opens with [...]