Monday, September 21, 2009

The Nashville Chronicles by Jan Stuart

Through interviews with its principle players, film critic Jan Stuart provides an oral history of the making of Robert Altman's Nashville. While it's not necessarily my favorite of Altman's films (I'd say it comes in third after The Long Goodbye and Brewster McCloud) Nashville is undoubtedly a brilliant movie, pioneering for its time, and crafted like few others--an exercise in improvisation to the extreme. Though there was a script, on the day before filming was to begin Altman reportedly announced to the actors: "You can throw away your scripts. You won't need them."

The book contains black and white photos throughout, though the quality is a little muddy.

Each chapter begins something like this.

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