Sunday, September 27, 2009
MOVIE REVIEW: "Nashville"
This is it...One of my top-five, all-time favorite films. Once again in the spotlight after the passing of Henry Gibson, my friends and I were inspired to have a screening at the house last night.A masterpiece.... The most exuberant example of Robert Altman's characterisitic style.....it is a party with an edge, fun and challenging, heartbreaking, topical (prophetic, even) and wholly exhilarating......From the opening title sequence you feel that you have really seen something, been part of something unique....the movie is a panorama, a time capsule of the '70s at the height of Bicentennial fervor, a populist satire, a glimpse into the lives of musicians, politicians, publicists, lawyers, hangers-on, dubious journalists, southern Blacks, dreamers, assassins, eccentrics, and families. In seemingly haphazard fashion, Altman observes a controlled chaos, with emphasis on controlled. There is a casualness to the recorded dialog, the movement of characters from scene to scene, that can baffle the casual moviegoer, but which rewards the observant viewer (and listener) with a rich, rhythmic, colorful and provocative experience.