More on Nashville‘s Brilliant Prescience


If you enjoyed Amanda Shubert’s recent Rumpus interview with singer, songwriter, actress, and Nashville star Ronee Blakley, you should definitely take a look at this essay about the film’s new Criterion Collection release.

Written by Shubert’s Critics at Large colleague Kevin Courrier, it delves deep into many of the issues Blakley discussed in her interview, particularly the way the film predicted with discomfiting accuracy that politics and entertainment would melt into one unholy marketing conglomerate.

Altman isn’t making a statement about America as many other film-makers in that era did….Precisely because he doesn’t seek to make a topical statement, Altman could also anticipate things no one thought possible—as in the assassination of a pop star.

Lauren O'Neal is an MFA student at San Francisco State University. Her writing has appeared in publications like Slate, The New Inquiry, and The Hairpin. You can follow her on Twitter at @laureneoneal. More from this author →