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Nashville (Widescreen)

Shelley Duvall , Keith Carradine , Robert Altman    R (Restricted)   DVD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
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This 1975 film sits near the top of any list of the best films of the 1970s, perhaps in the top five and, in some people's minds, at the pinnacle itself. Robert Altman, at his most Altmanesque, spins together plot strands involving two dozen people over the course of one particularly busy weekend in Music City, USA. Though several of the story lines deal with country-western stars--played by Henry Gibson, Ronee Blakley and Karen Black--the plot also deals with the country scene's wannabes, the business people who pull the strings and the operative for a mysterious presidential candidate who is trying to get the de facto endorsement of some of the country stars by having them appear at a rally for him. (The unknown but rocketing presidential aspirant was eerily echoed the next year, when Jimmy Carter came out of nowhere to win the presidency.) Blakley is heartbreakingly fragile as a Loretta Lynn-like singer on the verge of total mental meltdown, while Lily Tomlin is outstanding as a housewife-gospel singer who has a dalliance with a randy folk-rock cad, perfectly played by Keith Carradine (who won an Oscar for his song "I'm Easy"). The cast also includes Jeff Goldblum, Scott Glenn, Keenan Wynn, Shelley Duvall, Geraldine Chaplin (hilarious as a fatuous British TV journalist), Barbara Harris, Michael Murphy, and Ned Beatty, with cameos by Elliott Gould and Julie Christie as themselves. Next to Mean Streets, perhaps the most influential film of the decade. --Marshall Fine

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5.0 out of 5 stars no surprises Nov. 7 2011
Format:DVD
This hard to find film arrived before the estimated ship date and looked exactly as the seller described it. The disc is pristine and plays perfectly.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Altman's great mosaic of the USA April 21 2011
By K. Gordon TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:DVD
Brilliant, funny, sad and epic look at 1970s U.S., following 24
characters over a few key days in Nashville. An amazing combination of
political satire, hysterical send up of the country music business
and touching and moving character studies.

If one wants to quibble there are minor flaws; overstated performances
at moments, ironies that are a bit too easy, but the overall sweep,
power, the great performances and the sheer number of moments that make
you want to laugh and cry simultaneously, are overwhelming.

Certainly one of the great films of the 70s, and arguably among the
greatest North American films ever made.

How can it be that films like this and 'Annie Hall', parts
of the great film legacy of the last 50 years,
are currently out of print?!?
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Flawed Masterpiece - Defined Feb. 27 2007
By FrankA
Format:DVD
A filmmaker is asking for a pretty sizeable leap of faith from his/her audience when over one hour of their 2'40" movie consists of sung performances (FULL songs, too - that would never happen today), and just about nobody in the cast (save Keith Carradine, and Ronee Blakely - and even she only about 90% of the time) can actually sing. When Lily Tomlin opened her mouth with the gospel choir at the beginning, I nearly ditched the film, thinking "had to be there" about all those praising critics...

Luckily, I stayed with it, and Nashville, as a pure movie, is a masterful work. The dense layers of dialogue, the wide-screen panoramas, the set pieces (the car pileup "happening" being especially effective and awesome), the tossed-off one-liner/payoff ironies which are more a documenting of what everyone in the audience is already thinking than a redundancy - all of it, top-shelf and brilliant.

Also found it intriguing that Ronee Blakely, when singing, is the only character in the entire film I can recall that gets a true close-up - I guess Altman was trying to make her semi-deified, cult of personality status stand out even more.

Altman hits a bull's-eye everywhere else - how could he miss with regard to the actual singing? (The songs, themselves are pretty good for what they are.) I guess if you're going to have the actors write their own lyrics (which he did) then you're kind of commited to go all the way with it. But it doesn't make most of those performances any easier to hear...
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5.0 out of 5 stars You owe it to yourself to watch this movie Jan. 31 2007
Format:DVD
Forget all the reviews going on and on about Nashville's experimental film-making, "nuance," "texture," and "epic scope." Of course, all of these sentiments are true, but they are used to describe so many movies that they have lost all meaning. The fact is, Nashville is great not primarily for it's insights into politics, life, America, the music business, failure, and striving, but because it contains those insights in a superbly watchable package. Nashville is simply riveting--it may eschew typical Hollywood storytelling, but it remains a filmed equivalent of a page-turner (even at 140 minutes). In a typical Hollywood confection, you hardly get to know even one compelling character; in Nashville literally dozens of them pour off the screen. Watch this movie and watch it again.

Some people, obviously, hate Nashville. I respect them for being true to their experience of the movie, but some of their comments are baffling. Altman hates his characters? He is superior and detached? The costumes are dated? I have to wonder if we were watching the same DVD. Admiration for Nashville is not some Pauline Kael conspiracy. This is a great movie, justly and deeply loved.
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I am waiting for a better DVD version with more extras and 1:85 ratio 2:35 is too small for me. I do own the video and I have no idea how many times I have watched this movie. It's almost worn out. If you are looking for a movie about country music this isn't it. It's about the way we were living and what was going on in the world and our country in the 70's. Yes I am old enough to remember! It is a film that most people seem to really love or really hate. I love it! Great cast! I am a huge Lily Tomlin fan and she is is wonderful in this film, but so is the rest of the cast. The 70's had some of the greatest films ever made this is one of the best!
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5.0 out of 5 stars The real Nashville? May 26 2004
Format:DVD
Does this movie portray the real Nashville? I don't know; I don't work in the music industry. However, something tells me that this movie really does portray the real Nashville. It portrays people of mediocre talent; people who think they're the greatest thing since sliced bread. Some of the lyrics are so corn-ball they make you squirm with embarrassment, for example, "My mommy and daddy, my Idaho home".
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5.0 out of 5 stars American Life as a microcosm April 30 2004
By Matt
Format:DVD
An astonishing film, rich in satire and brilliantly executed. Altman manages to weave so many subplots and characters seamlessly. One of his crowning achievements. I still don't understand the negative reviews.
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5.0 out of 5 stars What we should mean by patriotism March 28 2004
Format:DVD
Robert Altman's 1975 picture remains as enigmatic as ever. The film has a huge cast of 24 actors, most of who appear in only brief scenes with few other characters. Add to this the fact that many of the lines are delivered in a flat or even seemingly improvised fashion, with a tendency for characters to interrupt and speak over each other, and it's easy to feel that the disparate characters are not connected to each other at all. This is Altman's intention though, because this film is about the hopes and ambitions of the individual within the larger society of bicentennial America.
And the plot does come together to some extent as we build to the final song, one of the most moving endings in film history in my opinion. The lyrics, sung by an unknown, interspersed with scenes of America's young in a melting pot American city, suggest a stoicism, perseverance (as one idol falls, another rises to replace her) and vitality. Even after Vietnam, Watergate, assassinations, and deep recession, crossroads America itself maintains hope and optimism. 'Nashville' suggests we are not such a young and homogenous country after all.
Among the individual islands the film explores, standouts are Ronee Blakey as the beautiful and intense but fragile diva, Hnry Gibson as the king of country, with political aspirations, and Lily Tomlin as a loving mother and gospel singer facing a marital crisis. The incredible fact that much of the music was written and performed, with little rehearsal, by many of the actors (Keith Carradine and Karen Black's musical performances are also noteworthy) lends a kind of democratic (for lack of a better word) authenticity to the film as well.
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