Bob Dylan - Eric Clapton - Neil Young - Joni Mitchell - Van Morrison - Neil Diamond - Emmylou Harris - Muddy Waters - The Staples - Ringo Starr - Ron Wood - Dr. John - Paul Butterfield - Ronnie Hawkins…
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.
Simply incredible! Take America's best film-maker, the greatest group of musicians ever assembled on a single stage, the cream of Hollywood's camera talent (Zsigmond, Kovacs, Chapman) and you're left with a wonderful document of an historic event. What more could one possibly want?
--Amazon customer review
It's all the little things that really make this move great; Joni Mitchell's vocal coming in perfectly on que from backstage. Neil Young's "greatest pleasure of my life". Clapton losing his guitar strap and Robbie not missing a note jumping in for him. I could go on and on. Then of course there is The Band themselves. Musicians who have change my appreciation of all genres. Can you imagine any band today that could pull off Ragtime, Blues, Country, and as Levon would say "Rock and Roll" in one performance? As you watch, keep an eye on the folks backstage in the wings. They all knew they were watching an historical event and didn't want to miss a moment.
--Amazon customer review
I first saw the movie The Last Waltz at a theater in 1979. I was in my late teens at the time and I remember being mesmorized. After seeing the video again just a few weeks ago, I truly had goose-bumps while watching it. What an amazing piece of rock and roll history. When I actually thought of the caliber of talent that was involved in that concert, I ached that I wasn't able to be there in person. It is a real life experience to watch The Last Waltz… :o)
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