Robert Altman’s masterpiece set in country music’s capital as America approached its bicentennial is now gloriously restored in 4K.
A magnum opus offering a sceptical commentary on modern America, Nashville follows a host of credibly colourful characters – musicians, agents, fans, journalists, politicians, locals – over five days in the city’s busy concert schedule.
The narrative, seemingly as chaotic as reality, is supremely subtle and complex in its interweaving of events, relationships, themes and moods: the tone is at once affectionate and scathing; the songs are musically spot-on; the film’s sheer scale, ambition, wit and intelligence are exhilarating.
Beautifully performed, it’s one of the greatest films of the last 50 years – and one that could probably not get made now.
27 July 2021 7:00PM