• Apr 22, 2014 · 6:45 PM
  • Varsity Theatre

This film is presented by the Ackland Film Forum. A collaboration between the Ackland Art Museum and numerous departments at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill highlighting different aspects of the art of cinema and showcasing the aesthetic power of film.

Nashville is part of the American Comedy, American Democracy (part 2) series: films devoted to the ways that Hollywood cinema, particularly depression-era comedies, have depicted the problems and possibilities of democracy.

Following 24 characters through 5 days in the country music capital, Robert Altman's 1975 epic presents a complexly textured portrayal (and critique) of American obsessions with celebrity and power. Over the course of a few hectic days, numerous interrelated people prepare for a political convention as secrets and lies are surfaced and revealed.

Showtime is 7:00 PM. Tickets are $4. Let's meet in the lobby 15 mins beforehand. Afterwards, let's head over to Top of the Hill.

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  • Shawna

    I'm glad I saw this film. It is one to be re-watched as it encompasses numerous characters, personalities, and multiple plots. It is a layered, leaving you with questions and analysis -- set against a political backdrop: post Watergate, shortly after Nixon's resignation, and the end of the Vietnam War. And oh yeah, it takes place in Nashville.

    Great acting. It was fun seeing some actors at a young age: Lily Tomlin, Shelley Duvall, Ned Beatty, Jeff Goldblum to name a few. Great musical performances, I was trying to figure out what singers were represented in the film but don't have a lot of knowledge on country music. Tom's trio was most likely Peter, Paul, and Mary. Barbara Jean seemed like Loretta Lynn. Also Connie=Lynn Anderson (too bad they didn't sing Rose Garden, lol) and Tommy Brown=Charley Pride.

    I was also curious who the unseen candidate of change may have represented - Jimmy Carter or George Wallace?

    April 23, 2014

    • Raymond C.

      Shawna....the movie came out in 1975 at the height of the Ford Administration when Gerald Ford was the President of the United States. The unseen candidate represented was Jimmy Carter who in 1976 won the Presidency by a landslide election. But as for cameo appearances "Nashville" had some of the biggest names in country music make appearances ranging from Loretta Lynn to Charley Pride, Roy Clark, and Tom T. Hall.

      1 · April 23, 2014

  • Raymond C.

    a timeless classic of the country music scene directed by the great Robert Altman with its all star cast.

    April 23, 2014

  • Joel T. L.

    I'm sorry I wasn't able to meet everyone on my first attempt at one of these meetups. I was rather late and sneaked in the back just as they were starting the film. Next time I'll try to get there early enough to meet people beforehand.

    Barbara Jean is definitely Loretta Lynn, whose nervous problems are well documented (and are portrayed really similarly in Coal Miner's Daughter). Also, the way Barbara Jean rambles on stage is very similar to the rambling story-song "Little Red Shoes" that Lynn would later record.

    Although this was maybe the fourth time I saw this, it was the first time I picked up on how all of the talk about the "Kennedy boys" foreshadowed the surprise ending.

    1 · April 23, 2014

  • Miri

    Not going to make it after all- what else is new.... :-/. So wanted to see it again after all these years- and even more curious about 'Top of the Hill' eatery. Maybe next time....

    April 21, 2014

  • Patsy

    Would love to go, but I will be out of town.

    April 16, 2014

  • Elizabeth J.

    This is the second time I've missed it in the theater! I host my poetry group that night, though.

    April 7, 2014

    • Raymond C.

      I saw in the theatres years ago back in the summer of 1975 at Durham's Yorktowne Theatre first-run. It might have played in Chapel Hill first-run too either at the Carolina Theatre Downtown or at one time the now gone Village Plaza 3 off Elliott Road. Both theaters that I have mentioned are on the website Cinema Treasures...www.cinematr­ and once there type Chapel Hill,NC in the search box and you're there!

      April 8, 2014

  • Raymond C.

    Saw "Nashville" first-run on opening day on June 11,1975 at Durham's Yorktowne Theatre on the Durham-Chapel Hill Boulevard. This movie opened a week before the impact and blockbuster bonanza that "Jaws" that opened on June 20,1975.

    April 7, 2014

    • Raymond C.

      saw it a second time too at Raleigh's Valley Theatres 1 & 2(located on the opposite end of the Crabtree Valley Mall) during the summer of 1975. By the way, more information on this theatre and Durham's Yorktowne Theatre,go to Cinema Treasures website...www.cinematrea­ then type in either Raleigh or Durham,NC.

      April 7, 2014

  • Raymond C.

    FYI: "NASHVILLE" originally open in theatres a week before "JAWS" on June 11,1975. Directed by Robert Altman. Running Time of 160 minutes(yes, at 2 hours and 59 minutes). An all-star cast featuring Ned Beatty, Karen Black, Lily Tomlin, Henry Gibson, Shelley Duvall,
    Keith Carradine,and Keenan Wynn in a story about the goings on around the country music scene in Nashville. One of the great Robert Altman movies of the 1970's.

    April 7, 2014

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