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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…
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…
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…
Why Scorsese, what a steady hand you have!
Milage may vary depending on how much you enjoy concert movies and / or The Band, but as someone who doesn't know much about The Band, Neil Diamond, Joni Mitchell, Bob Dylan, Ringo Starr, music in general, or anything worth knowing, I liked this!
The interview portions were more atmospheric and cinematic than any talking heads I've ever seen. And the pan across the stage during a couple of the songs is straight up music / movie magic.
sidenote, i saw this as a rooftop cinema event thing by myself, and while it didn't detract from a mostly lonely and emotionally draining summer, i'm glad i dragged myself out of bed to fill my eyes and ears with pretty sights and sounds.
I do feel like we may have lost something from the days where a band could play old-timey southern rock music like this, and be really popular and be considered really cool guys.
I feel like this concert film overstays its welcome by a couple songs, but it's amazing how much it took to set up and then actually film all this, going by the featurette on the DVD. There are a lot of really cool moments with the guest singers, and each of the main members of the band gets some time in the spotlight.
Robbie Robertson is a really charismatic guy, and he's served as a sort of music supervisor on most of Scorcese's films since they made this.
It's story time with Uncle Aidan. So you may have already guessed that I am a massive music fan. I love all sorts from rock, folk, jazz, blues, country, soul, funk and much, much more. I also love music documentaries when done correctly, not just the typical formula of following an artist through their career. And let me get one thing off my chest, how in the friggin' heck have I not seen The Last Waltz until just last night? Especially since I do like a lot of Canadian and American artists covered here from the 60's/70's rock scene, and with the film being directed by Martin Scorsese? [Do I really need to give that man an introduction?] The answer,…
Packed with vibrant filmmaking and exhilarating music, The Last Waltz is a time capsule movie, capturing an unforgettable piece of music history with the type of precision and passion only Martin Scorsese could bring.
Nicely done but didn't care for the music -- which isn't good in a music documentary
(6/8 is "Good")
Great music, interesting characters, but ultimately I found this rather forgettable.
Probing questions? Really more of a light tickle.
The Last Waltz is the record of The Band's final concert in 1978, and one of the first times a single band's concert was filmed and released in theatres (of course Woodstock and Monterey Pop predate The Last Waltz). Martin Scorsese directed (his interest in music has resulted in several other music-related documentaries since this), and captured the joy and energy of the concert with some great cinematography despite having to be careful not to interfere with the concert from the live audience's point of view.
I'll have to admit my slapdash musical knowledge for both of these films - I'd heard exactly one song by The Band before watching this ("The Weight"), but this is a style of music…
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
Movies that are slightly off.
High-rated movies with very few views. Suggestions are welcome.