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The Last Waltz
It Started as a Concert. It Became a Celebration.
Martin Scorsese's rockumentary intertwines footage from "The Band's" incredible farewell tour with probing backstage interviews and featured performances by Eric Clapton, Bob Dylan, Joni Mitchell, Ringo Starr and other rock legends.
When a movie completely captures a moment in time, it can be truly exhilarating. The last ever performance from The Band is just such an event aided by some legendary guest stars and Martin Scorsese's assured direction. Featuring some of the greatest musicians of the sixties and seventies giving their all and The Band themselves playing it effortlessly cool, this was a concert that signaled the end of an era. Iconic tunes, virtuoso musicianship, and a crowd in the palm of their hand, concert films don't come much better than this. Interspersed with anecdotes, some intimate history of The Band, and stories that only a life on the road could muster, it's as fascinating as it is magical. They're all here, Clapton, Mitchell, Starr, Young, Morrison, and one of my all time favorite turns from Dr John doing "Such A Night", this is one of those gigs I'd have killed to see live.
Martin Scorsese admitted that during the filming of this landmark concert film he was heavily using cocaine. You would never guess as it's almost pitch perfect from the very start. Featuring an array of the most influential singer/songwriters of the sixties and seventies, this final hurrah from The Band is full of memorable duets and fine tunes.
The Winterland Ballroom, November 25th 1976 is the venue for Robbie Robertson and company to say goodbye to the road. Between songs we get a little glimpse behind the scenes as The Band open up to Scorsese's gentle questions about their early days and life touring. We get the odd anecdote, but this is really all about the music. A band of excellent…
I was trying to hold back my emotions the entire movie. But, I couldn't handle it...when the camera pans out with them on the stage. Everything in this is perfect and beautiful. I love it so much.
or THE YEAR THAT BROKE PUNK
Although there's a strain of truth in that "things" like this were the reason that punk was necessary, the somewhat bloated, self-congratulatory victory lap of the (middle)-aged, the power and raw talent shining through here is a mesmerizing and powerful thing. The sense of community and support among this collective is enviable and intoxicating. And while some moments standout more than others (and Robertson's ever-present visage belies his low-key megalomania), the overall presentation is as uplifting and as *important* as all of the baby boomer hullabaloo and myth-making has made it out to be. The Band's brand of "Civil War music" (as a critic once derisively called it) is as representative of any true…
With my new job knocking my body clock to shit, it was hardly surprising that I'd awaken early on Christmas Day. It did however give me the chance to revisit one of my favorite concert movies and although I didn't "play it loud" as suggested, it entertained the life out of me just as expected.
The Band were something magical. Put into a mix with Martin Scorsese and the undoubted talents of numerous guest artists and you have something so fresh it could have been made yesterday. Fine tunes, nostalgic memories of times gone by, and iconic performances that inspire awe, they don't make things like The Last Waltz anymore. The loss of Rick Danko, Richard Manuel, and the 2012…
Part of my 5 Directors x 5 Unseen Films (7) challenge.
It would be utterly unfair to Martin Scorsese to explore his directing work without viewing at least a few of his documentaries. He has made more than a dozen non-fiction features to date, several of which have been nominated for major awards, plus a couple of Grammy-level long form music videos. Here, he presents a close-up look at one of rock'n'roll's most influential groups of the 1960s and 70s, "The Band," by focusing on their farewell concert at the Winterland Ballroom in San Francisco on Thanksgiving Day 1976.
The cover of the DVD describes the film as a concert that "became a celebration," and that's pretty accurate. You get…
Documentary/wasn't as into it as I was hoping 6/10 (5.7/10)
a show-stopping close for an era of music with some of the greatest rockers, folk singers and bluesmen ever assembled on a stage, the behind-the-curtain burnout is also haunting, scorsese's rigorous approach redefines the genre
It is really a pity that The Band did not get the recognition they truely deserved during their creative period of the 60s and 70s. To call them only a supporting group would be a tragical misconception.
The Last Waltz clearly shows two important factors regarding The Band, which may have been often gotten neglected by rock music enthusiasts. Firstly, they were indeed capable of writing and performing their own distinguishable, musical classics and secondly, the harmonical symbiosis between Levon Helm, Robbie Robertson, Rick Danko, Richard Manuel and Garth Hudson is at least as stricking as the appearances of the likes of Dylan or Clapton.
The Last Waltz may be the definitve concert film in terms of capturing the musical spirits of the beloved 60s and 70s era and functions as an alerting testimony to the often disregarded creative genius of The Band.
Is this the greatest concert of all time? I'm not sure about that but it is a fantastic looking concert film.
Things I love about The Last Waltz
1. "The Weight"
2. Van Morrison's wicked-assed stage moves (and outfit)
3. Rick Danko looking like Johnny Boy in Mean Streets (I'm sure I'm like the 50,000th person to say this)
4. Joni bringing her A game
5. The Sonny Boy Williamson story
6. Michael McClure and Lawrence Ferlinghetti
7. Dylan's hat (such a modest feather on such a bold lid)
Really Really good, wish it focused more on the whole band, Instead of only Robertson for so much of it.
It never gets old, it never doesn't rock. This is, quite simply, the best concert film ever made. If you don't love it then you lack a soul.
Movies that are slightly off.
High-rated movies with very few views. Suggestions are welcome.