Thursday, 8 May 2014

Nashville (1975) 70's Marathon 15#

Directed by: Robert Altman

168 Minutes
Drama, Romance, Musical, Comedy

There are not many films like it before its time, and not very many afterwards. Robert Altman’s large and ambitious story set in the music scene of Nashville has a wide array of characters, and detail that would certainly take many viewings to soak up. With a host of over what would be 20 ‘main’ characters, its satire of folk music and politics are still identified with, and Nashville is regarded as one of the greatest films from the 70’s. Your also in for a musical treat with this one, for it is packed with songs.

For me, it was quite confusing due to how many characters there where, but I found it very enjoyable seeing all these different lives that eventually intertwine with one another. I was not that engaged with the characters as I did not get enough time to really relate or connect with them strong enough. Even with the films runtime I found it hard to connect with them. That is not to say some characters didn’t engage my interest. The story following Opel (played by the daughter of Charles Chaplin, Geraldine Chaplin) who is English reported from the BBC. Her character seems almost loopy- especially so in a scene when she is talking to herself walking through a scrapyard. Makes you wonder if she really is with the BBC.

However, the films scope and atmosphere is definitely unique. With over 70 minutes of music, overlapping multi-layered audio the film really shows some of Altman’s main traits as an auteur. The films structure even now seems unique, and was an inspiration for directors like Paul Thomas Anderson with films like Magnolia (1999). To many this is one of the greatest films ever made, and one of the best of the 1970’s, but for now I am not the hugest fan of it, but it is a detailed and unique film full of characters that are bound to amuse you in some way. Not to mention, some hilarious songs that make this film have one of the best soundtracks of the 1970's.



Geraldine Chaplin (Right) the daughter of the famous Charles Chaplin.


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