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The Last Waltz


Roger Davidson

Last Waltz, The
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On Thanksgiving Day, 1976, 5,000 cheering fans came to see the famed rock group The Band give their farewell performance. It was filmed and became one of the greatest rock documentaries ever made. They were also interviewed by the director, Martin Scorsese, about the origins of The Band, the rough times they've had and their feelings of the farewell concert. Many of The Band's musical cronies and friends joined them on stage to perform such songs as "I Shall Be Released", "Cripple Creek" and "Forever Young". Among the performers that played with The Band at the concert, they included Bob Dylan, Muddy Waters, Ringo Starr, Joni Mitchell, Neil Young, Neil Diamond, The Staples, Ron Wood, Dr. John, Ronnie Hawkins, Emmylou Harris, Paul Butterfield, Eric Clapton and Van Morrison.

There are no fancy camera tricks, as is typical of most rockumentaries. Instead, the camera simply stays on whoever is performing on screen. What comes of it is pure magic. All the performers have rarely been better and the climax is as memorable as the final shot in Woodstock. Definitely for fans of not just rock, but all types of music in general.

My Rating = Four Stars

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