The Last Waltz
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The Last Waltz

1978, Performing Arts  -   3 Comments
Ratings: 7.19/10 from 16 users.

The Last Waltz (1978)Martin Scorsese's 1978 capsule history of the Band is mixed with footage of the group's allegedly last performance (certainly their last performance as a quintet) in this particularly stylish concert film. Scorsese shoots the players and their sundry guests with the same flair and enthusiasm one can see in the later The Color of Money or Goodfellas. He also proves a good interviewer with Band members, particularly Robbie Robertson, whose sleepy-sexy good looks make a star-caliber impression in close-up.

But the film's real hook is the stage show, which features a rotation of rock legends (Van Morrison, Joni Mitchell, Paul Butterfield, Bob Dylan, and so on) playing with the Band before a wildly appreciative audience.

It started as a concert. It became a celebration. Join an unparalleled lineup of rock superstars as they celebrate The Band's historic 1976 farewell performance. Directed by Martin Scorsese (Raging Bull, Goodfellas), The Last Waltz is not only "the most beautiful rock film ever made" (New York Times) it's "one of the most important cultural events of the last two decades" (Rolling Stone).

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Daniel Less
Daniel Less
8 years ago

One of the best documentary music films ever made.... Miss you Levon, Richard and Rick, you were the best ever. Gone but not forgotten....

Jo McKay
Jo McKay
11 years ago

You gotta watch the whole film...put on your head phones and turn it up LOUD...a thought to the young people out there; were your parents ever this cool? Maybe, maybe they were - build a bridge - and celebrate, man, celebrate every damn day of your youth; you will feel it and taste it, all of your life.

13 years ago

My ALL time one and only favorite movie - ..."beautiful"...