Nashville

USA 1975
Director : Robert Altman
Cast : Keith Carradine, Karen Black, Ronee Blakley

154 Min. | OmU | Original with german Subtitles

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Set in 1976, Robert Altman’s »Nashville« provides a panopticum of American society, in a place where the sounds of clashing ideologies were at the highest volume at the time: Music City, traditionally conservative and segregationist, but also overrun by hippie-types, who happened to be good at making music. Altman is experimenting here with something that would become his trademark, employing an all-star ensemble and creating a patchwork of small, personal stories, all combining into one big tale. All of this happens with sound being the most important element: the sweetness of country and anti-establishment music slowly combining, but also the discordant noise of a third-party candidate (never seen) filling the airwaves with his speeches. And there are the individuals in the foreground: the stripper who wants to become a singer, even though her voice is not her most imposing asset. The seemingly insane farmer’s wife, who will lead a chorus of defiance when all seems lost. The soldier, the airhead, the arrogant cad. The last expert of where America might be headed now soars with the eagles. But at least he left us a template: an insanely funny, seemingly absurd and finally cruel picture of the land that he loved.

Certainly, for the American cinema, it is the most epochal event since Orson Welles‘ Citizen Kane.
The Hollywood Reporter

The funniest epic vision of America ever to reach the screen.
The New Yorker, Pauline Kael