in about 100 words or less
US 160m, Colour
Director: Robert Altman; Cast: Ned Beatty, Ronee Blakley, Keith Carradine, Geraldine Chaplin, Henry Gibson, Michael Murphy, Lily Tomlin, Karen Black, Shelley Duvall, Allen Garfield, Jeff Goldblum, Barbara Harris
Set on the eve of America’s bicentennial, Nashville is a satirical sociopolitical commentary on America’s obsession with celebrity, power and the political influence of god-fearing, car loving country music supporters. Employing a large ensemble cast, and containing a complex web of stories and musical performances ranging from the purposefully awful to the truly inspired, Nashville also works best as a parody of country music and its culture. Finally, the shooting of one of its beloved celebrities, and the crowd’s subsequent pacification with the song It Don’t Worry Me is a sublime conclusion to this multi-layered satire (Klaus Ming April 2015).