As part of the BFI‘s upcoming retrospective season, ROBERT ALTMAN: AMERICAN OUTSIDER, running at BFI Southbank from 17 May to 31 July 2021, BFI Distribution will re-release Robert Altman’s 1975 masterpiece NASHVILLE in a new 4K Restoration in selected cinemas across the UK from 25 June 2021.
ROBERT ALTMAN: AMERICAN OUTSIDER will feature screenings of 34 films from Altman’s remarkable career, spanning five decades.
With an Oscar-winning song and BAFTA-winning soundtrack, NASHVILLE stars a huge ensemble cast of well-known faces playing 24 main characters, including Lily Tomlin, Keith Carradine, Geraldine Chaplin, Karen Black, Shelley Duval, Ronee Blakley, Henry Gibson, Barbara Harris, Michael Murphy and Ned Beatty.
A magnum opus offering a sceptical commentary on modern America, NASHVILLE follows a host of colourful characters – musicians, agents, fans, journalists, politicians, locals – over a five-day period in the city’s musical calendar. The narrative, seemingly as chaotic as reality, is supremely subtle and complex in its interweaving of events, relationships, themes and moods; the tone is at once affectionate and scathing; the songs are musically spot-on; the film’s sheer scale, ambition, wit and intelligence are exhilarating.