Robert Altman on the set of McCabe & Mrs. Miller (1971)
- Date & Time
- June 9, 2013 - 12:30pm to 3:15pm
- Angell Hall, Auditorium A
- Altmannerisms: Conversations Celebrating the Opening of the Robert Altman Archive
- Event Type
View Nashville, directed by Robert Altman. Extended introduction before the film with Michael Murphy, actor; Mrs. Kathryn Altman; and Alan & Joyce Rudolph, director & photographer
Nashville: Robert Altman‘s 1975 epic presents a complex critique of the American obsession with celebrity and power. The film follows 24 characters through five days in Nashville, including a politically ambitious country icon (Henry Gibson) and his fragile protégée (Ronee Blakley); a self-absorbed rock star (Keith Carradine) who woos a lonely married gospel singer (Lily Tomlin); a talentless waitress (Gwen Welles) painfully humiliated at her first singing gig; a runaway wife (Barbara Harris) with dreams of stardom; a nightclub owner (Barbara Baxley); a single-minded groupie (Shelley Duvall); a vapid BBC commentator (Geraldine Chaplin); and a campaign guru (Michael Murphy) who is trying to organize a concert rally for the unseen but always heard populist presidential candidate Hal Phillip Walker. Everything comes to a head during a climactic concert at Nashville’s replica of the Parthenon temple, as the entertainment-hungry audience is momentarily woken out of its stupor by unexpected violence. 1975. 159 min.
This screening is one part of a series of Altmannerisms: Conversations Celebrating the Opening of the Robert Altman Archive. We invite you to take part in any or all of the events.