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Nashville Chronicles: The Making of Robert Altman's Masterpiece Paperback – August 1, 2004
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If you're a fan of Altman's films then this is definitely required reading as Stuart provides fascinating insights into how the man works and collaborates with others. The best thing I can say about this book is that it makes you immediately want to watch NASHVILLE all over again and appreciate how much hard work went into it. Great reading.
This love letter to the film, the director and the cast is based on Newsweek movie critic Stuart's interviews with all of the cast and crew members who are still alive. He ably evokes the artistic excitement that galvanized the set amid the chaos of the filming (Altman, a great believer in improvisation, told his actors to ignore the script on the first day of filming), as well as the tensions that surfaced when the exacting, often cranky director clashed with many of his stars.
Highlights are the insights of performers like Lily Tomlin, who relates how feminism and lesbianism shaped her wonderfully tender sex scenes with Keith Carradine (who claims to have "just wanted to get laid" during the filming"), and Barbara Harris, whose insistence on relying on her improvisational training at the Second City put her at odds with Altman. Stuart is at his best detailing the strained and often painful relationships between the starsAparticularly Ronee Blakley, who played the film's central characterAand the director.
More an overview of the film and its principal players than a sustained critical analysis or a day-by-day account of the filming, this amiable journalistic account will please the film's legion of fans more than it will film critics or historians.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Enjoyed reading about one of the best films ever made. Altman should have received an Oscar for this
Loved the movie. loved the soundtrack, although I wish live versions of the songs were included (especially Barbara Harris' "It don't worry me")
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What a magnificent job Stuart has done with this intricate, intelligent history of one of the seminal films of the last century. Read morePublished on January 18, 2001
The 24 primary actors offscreen motives mirror the inspirations, for better or worse, of the 24 characters portrayed in the movie. Read morePublished on December 29, 2000 by Jeffrey M. Kelle
Film critic Jan Stuart has written a wonderful behind the scenes expose of the movie "Nashville". Read morePublished on November 12, 2000 by Robin C. Westmiller