Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia on August 10, 1975 · Page 87
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Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia · Page 87

Charleston, West Virginia
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Sunday, August 10, 1975
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'Nashville' worth seeing By James F. Dent "NASHVILLE." Ned Beatty, Ronee Blakely. Henry Gibson. Virginian. * * *fc. Some of the big city critics-mainly those from New York- have gone into hysterical spasms over "Nashville." whooping and heaving about its being one of the greatest films ever made in America and writing lengthy semi-coherent essays about the movie's hidden socio-political allegories and What It All Means. While it may not be polite to snicker at my betters, if anybody asks me, I think the New York reviewers have misplaced a few of their marbles. "Nashville" is--to use an art ap- ' preciation term--an interesting movie, highlighted by some really excellent performances. As to What It All Means, it all means whatever you want it to mean. If you want to see the movie as a devastating reflection of the Middle American scene in the mid 1970s, help yourself. If you want to see it simply as an .episodic, loosely connected series of short vignettes about 20 or so people and how their lives intertwine over several days in the country-western music capi r tal of the nation, that's your privilege. You pays your admission and you takes your choice. (I, by the way. count myself a member of the second group.) " ' "Nashville" does not have a strong central plot line with a clearly defined beginning, middle and end. Director-producer Robert Altman ties the stories of his characters together under the umbrella of the planning of a political rally for. a vaguely populist' presidential candidate who is never seen, but whose ubiquitous sound trucks weave in and out of the film, broadcasting his ideas for taxing church property and getting all the lawyers out of the government. The climax of the movie is the rally itself, held at Nashville's recreation of the Athens Parthenon, where one of the stars is assassinated. What makes "Nashville" are its players. There are roughly two dozen principal characters, any one'of whom might deserve a whole film in him or herself, and by intercut- ting between them Altman keeps audience interest high. Henry Gibson, who will be remembered as one of the mainstays of the early ."Laugh in" show on television, is outstanding as Haven Hamilton, the long-established country Western singing star who There are no FINER DIAMOND RINGS Permanent Registration, loss protection, perfect quality assured by Keepsake. Keepsake' Regiittml Diamond Rings CALVIN of Spring Hil 4833 MocCorkle Ave. PH. 768-8821 Film Review hides the soul of a rattler beneath a psalm-singing, platitude mouthing exterior and whose political ambitions are beginning to develop. Ned Beatty. is the lawyer-local backer of the unseen candidate and his wife is Lily Tomlin, very good in her dramatic debut. Ronee Blakely is the beloved female bluegrass singer whose mind is starting to come unravelled in public and Alan Garfield is her sweaty, callous husband-manager. Keith Carradine is the priapic rock singer, moving from one girl to the next before his bed gets cold. Shel : ley Duvall is the groupie incarnate, ignoring her dying aunt and fumbling Uncle (Keenan Wynn) to make a play for every male in sight. Karen Black is Ms. Blakely's rival whose sugary outside barely covers a single minded drive for stardom. Gwen Welles "is a singer who can't sing but doesn't know it. SUNDAY SPECIAL · New York Strip « Filet C 4 · Sirloin ·KansasCity V · Delmonico«RibEye J 11 ludcs FF or Baked Potato Barbara Baxley is a bar owner and unabashed Kennedy lover. Scott Glenn is an infatuated soldier who follows Ms. Blakely around. David Hayward is the Bremer-like assassin and Michael Murphy is the big city advance man for the candidate. And Geraldine Chaplin is the BBC reporter who has come to do a story on Nashville and is busily forcing all the facts to fit into her pre-decided thesis. No movie about Nashville could ignore the music, of course, and there is a lot of it. Publicity says that a number of the songs were written by.some of the actors-principally Ronee Blakely, Keith Carridine and Henry Gibson--and . if that's the case they obviously have another career awaiting them if they ever decide to give up acting. The opening credits, by the way, are a marvelous parody on those hardsell television record commercials which offer dozens of "the greatest hits by the greatest singers." "Nashville" may not be the epic which some of its more vocal supporters have claimed but it is well worth seeing. It runs a little over two and a half hours and I wasn't bored for a single second. Mwissnii*s"" 1EJVTAM, LTD. PRESENTS: IN CONCERT JIJTIIKO Tl/LL SPECIAL GUESTS THE SENSATIONAL ALEX HARVEY BAND TUESDAY AUG. 12 8P.M TICKETS OH SALE MOW J7.00 · $6.00 AU S£ATS RESSiVED CIVIC CENTER. SEARS. SBC TAPE CITY STORES. GO BrS, TURNER'S. PtPfERlANO. BUDGET TAW, NttRO BEVERAGE, STATIONERS. KEEN JEVrtlEtt. NAT1 R CORD MART-PARK..HECKS-»ECKIEY, MUS MART-OAK Hill, ORCHID SHOf-lOGAN. A COVE-GAUJfOUS, BAUER SOUNO-PT. PIEASAN QUICKSIIVER-MONTGOMBIY ELECTRO*! PIAZA PUTNAM VILLAGE. TV CENTER RECORD SHOP--W LIAMSON MAIL ORDERS JETHRO TULL, c/o ENTAM, LTD. REYNOLDS ST., CHARLESTON, W. VA. 25301 CALL 348-8070 FOR INFORMATION IN ASSOCIATION WITH WKAZ CHARLESTON CIVIC CENTER: EIVTAM , LTD. TUESDAY AUGUST198PM WITH VEK SKOAL GUESTS THE CHARLIE 04/VIELS BAND FESTIVAL SEATING S510 LIMITED ADVANCE CIVIC CENTER, SEARS. S»C TAPE'CITV STORES, GORBrS. TURNER'S, PEPPERLAM3, BUDGET TAPE. MTRO BEVERAGE STATIONERS. KEEN JEWELERS. NATl RECORD MART PARK. HECIf S - BEOCIETY MUSIC MART - OAK HILL ORCHO SHOP LOGAN, ALCOVE - GAU.IPOII5, BAUER SOUND --PT. PLEASANT, QUICKSILVER-MONTGOMERY ELECTRONIC PLAZA.--PUTNAM VILLAGE. TV CENTER RECORD SHOP--WILLIAMSON. MAIL ORDERS LYNYRD SKYNYRD,. C/0 ENTAM LTD. REYNOLDS ST., CHARLESTON, W. VA. 25301 CALL 348-8070 FOR INFORMATION IN ASSOCIATION WITH WKAZ 59 Items On The Businessman Secretary Lunch Dai) West Virginia's No. Uteakhmise OPENSPJB/tHliNUIMIKHT SUNDAYS KANAWHACITY CLUBHOUSE |4102MacCorkleAve.S.E. 926-9960 OFF 1-64 "%§£* (EXIT9 NowMcyingThraAng.31 A delightful, fun filled comedy concerning the study of marital human relations. Wf Evtry Tutsdty! 1 COUNTRY COOK-IN t. fwturirtfl Down to earth specialties with I salad, breads and beverage. I Desserts a la carte. ft OKI*" 1 CURTAIN Siggttt ATaPM CHARLESTON--755-3811 Doors Open 6 p.m. Daily -K Sun. OosedMon. Use Want Ads. Dial 348-4848 of the tate Fair of West Virginia --PREVIEW DAYS- Aug. 15,16, 17--Midway, Grandstand and Horse Shows. Aug. 1S-- Fair in Full Swing! Arts and Crafts. ' · FREE Grandstand Afternoons Agricultural Exhibits · 9 Days of Horse Shows. Racing for 5 Days. · Top High School Bands. Big Name Stars. · Cattle Shows, 5 Days- Junior Livestock Auction. Amusement, Midway, 9 Days. West Virginia's Largest Agricultural Exhibit Lewisburg-Ronceverte U. S. 219 August 15-23 New Low Prices! ··Bonesteak........was$3.45 $2.99 Rustler Strip Steak, was 52 ao 2.19 Rib-Eye Steak..........was 991.89 1/2 Ib. Chopped Steak was s 991.89 vOitee/Tea ···..··.....«.. was soc .25 UVIJ6 DTillK................ was 4oc .35 Roflular Drink............ was aoc .25 ALL DINNERS INCLUDE FRESH GARDEN SALAD. TOASTED ROLL. BAKED POTATO CHARLESTON Lewis and Morris Sts. (At East End Plaza Shopping Center) STEAK HOUSE SHOW TIME, August 10,1975 CHARLESTON, W. VA. 19m

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