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621 Ratings

The Last Waltz

Directed by Martin Scorsese
United States, 1978
Documentary, Music


A film account and presentation of the final concert of The Band.

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The Last Waltz Directed by Martin Scorsese

Critics reviews

A gorgeous lesson in “print the legend” anti-journalism, Scorsese’s first music documentary shimmers with mendacity and the unmistakable golden hue of created nostalgia.
February 15, 2017
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Robbie Robertson is charismatic and thoughtful, Levon Helm fierce and soulful, Richard Manuel lovably, gently cracked. I treasure evenings spent seeing this communally, with friends, singing along with gusto. Memo to the projectionist: this film should be played loud!
November 18, 2016
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In many concert films, images of the audience function as reverse shots from the point of view of the musicians, helping to simulate the firsthand experience as closely as possible. While we do occasionally see glimpses of the audience in The Last Waltz, they are so infrequent that no direct dialogue is maintained between the performers and those watching. The multiple cameras grant the viewer a privileged access to the stage from every possible angle except the perspective of the audience.
September 26, 2014
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