Featuring an introduction from special guest Steve James!

"Compared with the carbonated, artificially-flavoured, genetically-modified pap that mainstream cinema dishes up, Robert Altman's Nashville now tastes like a crisp organic apple.” - Peter Bradshaw, Guardian

“Certainly, for the American cinema, it is the most epochal event since Orson Welles' CITIZEN KANE.” - Arthur Knight, Hollywood Reporter

“The funniest epic vision of America ever to reach the screen.” - Pauline Kael, New Yorker

In Robert Altman’s satirical, sprawling musical comedy-drama, numerous individuals - in the political and musical industries of Nashville, Tennessee - intersect and interact over the course of a few hectic days as the city prepares for a political convention. Starring Ned Beatty, Lily Tomlin, Ronnee Blakley, Karen Black, Keith Carradine, Shelley Duvall, Geraldine Chaplin and Scott Glenn, among others. (RF)

Festivals, Awards & Nominations
Nominee - Best Picture, Best Actress in a Supporting Role (Ronee Blakley), Best Actress in a Supporting Role (Lily Tomlin), Best Director, Academy Awards (1976)

Winner - Best Music, Original Song, Academy Awards
Nominee - Best Foreign Film, César Awards (1976)

Winner - Best Screenplay, Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards (1976)
Winner - Best Film (tied with Barry Lyndon), National Board of Review (1975)


"I first saw NASHVILLE when I was a young person falling in love with film and it was certainly a foundational work that helped drive my interest in pursuing filmmaking. It remains such a vivid, real, original film that still has much to say about American politics and the American Dream.”

Man sitting in movie theater

Steve James previous work includes HOOP DREAMS; Sundance award winner, STEVIE; THE INTERRUPTERS, which won an Emmy, Independent Spirit Award, and the DuPont Columbia Journalism Award; Emmy winner, LIFE ITSELF, named best documentary by The National Board of Review, and The Producers Guild of America among many others; and ABACUS: SMALL ENOUGH TO JAIL, which earned James a second Academy Award nomination. His Starz docuseries, America to Me, premiered at Sundance and was one of the most acclaimed TV shows of 2018.  His most recent docuseries, City So Real premiered at Sundance and went on to be named one of the best TV shows of 2020 by The New York Times, The New Yorker, Time, Slate, The LA Times, and the Hollywood Reporter, among many others.  

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