Friday, 6 February 2015

The 6th Hall Of Fame Inductee Representing Comedic Film - Nashville (1975) - Robert Altman

In 1975, the fight for Best Picture at the Academy Awards saw one of its toughest battles: Kubrick’s Barry Lyndon, Lumet’s Dog Day Afternoon and Spielberg’s Jaw were among the nominees for the award going to Forman’s One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest. While they may be great, in retrospect, it is Robert Altman’s sensationally sprawling vision of America, Nashville, which is the best of these films, and among the very best of all time. A musical epic with twenty-four central characters in the ensemble, Altman and screenwriter Joan Tewkesbury weave together a vivid, raucous series of stories, outrageously funny and humanly poignant, occurring over the course of five days in the eponymous capital of country music. This State of the Union is rabidly political, Nashville acting as a microcosm for America as a whole. A stick of dynamite up the ass of The White House, Robert Altman’s Nashville more than lives up to the tagline “The damndest thing you ever saw.”

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