Over the course of a few hectic days, numerous interrelated people prepare for a political convention as secrets and lies are surfaced and revealed. Robert Altman’s masterpiece set in country music’s capital as America approached its bicentennial isnow gloriously restored in 4K. A magnumopus offering a sceptical commentary on modern America,Nashville follows a host of credibly colourful characters–musicians, agents, fans, journalists,politicians, locals–over five days in the city’s busy concert schedule. The narrative, seemingly aschaotic as reality, is supremely subtle and complex in its interweaving of events, relationships,themes and moods: the tone is at once affectionate and scathing; the songs are musically spot-on;the film’s sheer scale, ambition, wit and intelligence are exhilarating. Beautifully performed, it’s oneof the greatest films of the last 50 years–and one that could probably not get made now.