The Last Waltz (1978)

MARTIN SCORSESE

Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB

USA, 1978, .  Screenplay by .  Cinematography by .  Produced by .  Production Design by .  Film Editing by , .  

This fantastic, beautiful concert film captures the final performance given by , who decided to end their days on the road (after sixteen years touring!) by giving one final show for their fans. The actual concert lasted all night into the wee small hours, but here director Martin Scorsese has whittled it down to the best moments, including guest performances by , , , , and , among others. In between there are also interview segments with the members themselves, but Scorsese wisely keeps those brief in favour of letting the beautiful sounds of the music pump through the glorious soundtrack in great supply. Hits such as “I Shall Be Released”, “The Weight”, “Coyote”, “Forever Young” and more sound fantastic in this movie that you’ll pray will never end.

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