I'm not sure why I put this on my queue, other than I haven't seen much of Altman's movies.
Let's just say this wasn't the best choice for an after-work movie night on Monday. 2 hours and 40 minutes of meandering plot and lots of country music wore a bit thin, but I could still appreciate it. Some good performances and entertaining enough to keep me from stopping it halfway through. I'm glad I kept watching till the end!
It's so big and so all over the place and yet exacting to the smallest degree.
Altman's magnum opus. A sprawling epic. He manages to fit so many big things into a tight focus. Probably adding to my top 100 soon.
If you're a fan of Boogie Nights, you must see this. The thematic elements and style that Paul Thomas Anderson borrows are as clear as day. I don't say that as a dig because I think that, in a lot of ways, PTA is able to succeed on levels where Altman didn't. That said, Altman achieves so much in this film that it succeeds in its own right.
The ability to craft a strong, focused, and coherent narrative while weaving…
Find me a better movie. Find me a better damn movie.
America's got its issues, but we must be doing something right because we made Nashville.
Altman is a filmmaker I just can't get into. I can admire the experiment but also can't shake the fact that the experiment is an experiment. However, the film's highs are extremely high, mainly Lily Tomlin and most of the musical stuff. If he had just managed to make it one big music montage and not so sprawling it would've worked for me. I actually think PTA managed to pull it off with Magnolia.
Also, I think its a very…
Just a great American film from one of the greatest eras in American film. Also completely groundbreaking in the way it shifted narratives amongst a large cast, something that is pretty common now. Too many great scenes to list, but the final scenes always stands out for me. And the music is great.
You can whoop shallow patriotism, but just realize it's inauthentic, pre-manufactured, fake, pre-recorded, not worth much at all, music or politics or faith, no matter how loud or forceful or initially charming. All at once it's sublime and frustrating and yet the most happily soporific thing I think I've ever seen in my life, and I think you all know the kind of magical stew that comes out when you stir all of those together. Random country talking about itself?…
This won't ever get old. One of the best American films ever made. The complexity of the dialog, the interaction of the characters, etc, etc
HAVEN HAMILTON: What a surprise. Julie Christie.
CONNIE WHITE: Who's Julie Christie?
HAVEN HAMILTON: Who's Julie Christie? She's a star. She's won an Academy Award.
CONNIE WHITE: Oh!
HAVEN HAMILTON: No, I'm not kiddin'. For one of those pictures. I don't know which one. She's done so many.
CONNIE WHITE: Isn't he a gem? He's got the worst sense of humor.
HAVEN HAMILTON: No, she's lovely.
CONNIE WHITE: Oh, come on. She can't even comb her hair.
Revisiting "Nashville". Best viewing so far. The community is the story and front/back drop. The participants are obliged to wiggle, walk, sing and talk best they can. Since Altman love people/actors/extras nobody is offended. What a cast! Barbara Harris for one. "Nashville" has to be number 2 (6) in Altman's symphonic cinema suite.
"It's all just one film to me. Just different chapters." (RA).