Memorable moments from favourite movies – I have many.
This one is from my favourite movie ever – NASHVILLE (1975), directed by the late great Robert Altman.
In this particular scene set at a local music venue many of the characters are enjoying watching a performance when in walks actress Julie Christie (in a very tiny cameo). She is playing herself (as a favour for director Altman) and is being shown around Nashville by a local publicist. She is introduced to Haven Hamilton (Henry Gibson) and watching on the sidelines is Connie White (the very funny Karen Black). As Haven is talking to Julie you notice Connie giving her a good old eyeball, checking her out big time. Julie soon leaves and Connie inquires as to who she is…….
Haven Hamilton – What a surprise. Julie Christie.
Connie White – Who’s Julie Christie?
Haven Hamilton – Who’s Julie Christie? She’s a star. She’s won an Academy Award.
Connie White – Oh!
Haven Hamilton – No, I’m not kiddin’. For one of those pictures. I don’t know which one. She’s done so many.
Connie White – Isn’t he a gem? He’s got the worst sense of humor.
Haven Hamilton – No, she’s lovely.
Connie White – Oh, come on. She can’t even comb her hair.
(In the movie you can hear a lot of background conversations very clearly due to Altman’s innovative 8 track sound system. In this particular scene there is one voice explaining that Julie Christie was in a movie with a lot of snow and she got off a train (Dr. Zhivago) – sets me off laughing every time. Listen carefully next time you watch this cinema masterpiece.)
I also have to mention another of my favorite Nashville moments. It is during the sequence where an accident on the freeway causes a pile up and traffic jam that has lots of characters sitting around in their vehicles waiting for the traffic to move again. Haven Hamilton and his wife Lady Pearl (Barbara Baxley) together with their son Buddy are debating the particular words from a song.
Haven – No, that song was called “Wonder, Wanda. ”
Lady Pearl – Wanda, wander’s got me bad
Haven – No… Wonder, Wanda’s got me bad, I keep travelin’
Lady Pearl – And I’m sad, Buddy, Buddy, which was it?
Buddy – I don’t really know.
Lady Pearl – Goddamn it, it was “Wanda, Wander. ”
Haven – It was “Wonder, Wanda. ”
Lady Pearl – “Wanda, Wander”! “Wanda, Wander”!
Haven – “Wonder, Wanda. ”
Lady Pearl – (screaming at the top of her voice) -What difference does it make? It was a hit!!!!!
Such a funny moment.
Do you have a favorite “Nashville” moment, I’d love to know.