I know, I’m making him dying all about me, about how I’ll be deprived, but I love his films. Just a few weeks ago I watched NASHVILLE again. Actually, it might have been my first time all the way through. I’m pretty sure they cut it when they show it on TV and it’s not the kind of movie that does well with commercial breaks. “I’m Easy” was one of my favourite songs when I was about twelve and the first song I learned to play on the guitar. (Not too impressive, very few chords, but hey…) And that scene when Carradine sings it… when Lily Tomlin, and Shelly Duval and Geraldine Chaplin and Cristina Raines are all convinced he’s singing to them… Amazing. And such a beautiful song.
SHORT CUTS has to be my all time favourite movie, and MASH and THE PLAYER and GOSFORD PARK and COME BACK TO THE FIVE AND DIME, JIMMY DEAN, JIMMY DEAN and THE COMPANY are all favourites, too.
Less loved, but seriously liked: COOKIE’S FORTUNE, A PRAIRIE HOME COMPANION and others…
Robert Altman. The cinema will miss you. I know I will.