For 1 Year, 100 Movies, I will watch all of AFI’s 100 Years, 100 Movies list (compiled in 2007) in one year- and will complete a goal on my 2013 Manifesto. Come along on the ride with me- oh, and please pass the popcorn!
In ‘Nashville’, director Robert Altman creates a world of characters whose lives overlap and integrate so seamlessly that one doesn’t always know what is a side plot or what is integral to the main story. The film follows over twenty characters, from famous country crooners of yesterday, the starstruck up and coming singers- and the lawyers, businessmen and politicians who take advantage of anyone they can. It’s a film firmly set in the 1970’s with the political and social themes, but they are surprisingly relatable today.
Each character is searching for something- or someone different, but not all can have what they want. Altman lets the film take a natural progression over this large social landscape- never forcing the plot- but never letting us become confused or stray to far away from the inevitable conclusion. It’s kind of genius in it’s simplicity and firm roots in a very realistic progression.
In my humble, non-professional, average movie-goer opinion this movie earns: