Taking place over five days in the nation's music capital Nashville, Tennessee, the film follows two-dozen characters struggling for fulfilment, both personal and professional, amongst a backdrop of country and gospel musicians, outsider political campaigning, and the peripheries of life inbetween, building from one encounter at a time to create a wide-ranging tapestry of rich drama and human comedy.
We watched 'Nashville' again this week (2014), which I saw when it was new in 1977. I think it's Altman's masterpiece, a powerful & affecting tribute to country music, a sideswipe at the music & media industry, & an atmospheric elegy to an innocence that was departing post-Watergate & post-Vietnam, dancing, as so often with Altman, on the verge of chaos. Excellent performances, & Ronee Blakley is luminous as a fragile, gifted country singer. One to watch again.