Robert Altman Classics to Screen at Capitol Theatre

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Altman on set.
  • Altman on set.

The Capitol Theatre will screen two of director Robert Altman's classic films — Nashville (1975),  and Popeye (1980) — beginning Friday, September 11, on the occasion of their anniversaries. 

Popeye, starring Robin Williams in the title role and Shelly Duvall as Olive Oyl, will take the early slot in the Capitol's main auditorium. It'll screen daily at  1:00 p.m. until September 17, with two additional late shows on the weekend.

Nashville, the 1975 ensemble film that paved the way for multiple-story-line narratives like those in Crash and Babel, will screen at 3:45 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. throughout the week. The film was nominated for five Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Supporting Actress for both Lily Tomlin and Ronee Blakely.  

"Nashville's themes of celebrity culture and politics are as timely today as they were when the film was originally released," said a Cleveland Cinemas press release.
  
Robert Altman, who died in 2006, was an auteur who defied cinema convention. He's best known, perhaps, for his massive ensemble casts, naturalistic dialogue and overlapping story lines, but his cross-genre films have inspired countless directors working today. Both Nashville, which received much acclaim in its day; and Popeye, Altman's first foray into family entertainment which has enjoyed renewed cult status, are fitting tributes to his life and work

And here's Nashville's Oscar-winning song, "I'm Easy," performed by star Keith Carradine.


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