The Movie Snob checks out a classic.
Nashville (B). A local theater is continuing to show some older movies on Tuesday nights, so I took advantage of the opportunity to see this famous 1975 Robert Altman film on the big screen. It’s kind of a weird, shambling movie. Basically it takes a big cast of characters that are all in Nashville, and it follows them around as they come together and disconnect in various ways over the course of several days. One unifying thread to the movie is a political campaign in full swing. An upstart third-party presidential candidate (who is heard but never seen) is campaigning relentlessly in Nashville on ideas like taxing churches, changing the national anthem, and excluding lawyers from Congress. One of his sleazy political operatives, well-played by Michael Murphy (Manhattan), is trying to recruit some country singers to perform at a rally. A fragile queen of country music (Ronee Blakley, A Nightmare on Elm Street) is trying to get her feet back under her after recovering from a serious injury. A music trio grapples with the fact that it is also a love triangle. A ditzy BBC journalist (Geraldine Chaplin, Doctor Zhivago) wanders around interviewing anybody unlucky enough to stray into her orbit. Lily Tomlin (A Prairie Home Companion) is a gospel singer. Jeff Goldblum (The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou) drives a massive chopper around, wears big glasses, and gets called “Tricycle Man” in the credits. There’s lots of country music, mostly pretty cheesy. And there is much, much more in this 2 hour and 40 minute slice of 1970s Americana. Although IMDB calls it a drama, it has quite a few funny moments. In short, I got a kick out of it.