Martin Scorsese interviews his mother and father about their life in New York City and the family history back in Sicily. These are two people who have lived together for a long time and ... See full summary »
Thanksgiving, 1976, San Francisco's Winterland: the Band performs its last concert after 16 years on the road. Some numbers they do alone, some songs include guest artists from Ronnie Hawkins (their first boss, when they were the Hawks) to Bob Dylan (their last, when as his backup and as a solo group, they came into their own). Scorsese's camera explores the interactions onstage in the making of music. Offstage, he interviews the Band's five members, focusing on the nature of life on the road. The friendships, the harmonies, the hijinks, and the wear and tear add up to a last waltz.Written by
The Band's management had overbooked the show. Two days before the show, they tried to have Muddy Waters taken off the bill. Levon Helm, The Band's drummer, threatened not to play the show if Muddy Waters was asked to leave. Muddy Waters is in the final cut of the film. See more »
During Garth Hudson's solo in the song "Stagefright", the entire song cuts forward approximately 25 seconds. See more »
Martin Scorsese - Interviewer:
Listen, when you guys first started playing as The Band, you kind of shied away from publicity a lot. Talk about that, a little?
Garth Hudson - Organ:
That was just part of a life style that we got to love at Woodstock. You know, we got to like it, you know, just being, eh, being able to chop wood or hit your thumb with a hammer. We'd be concerned with fixin' a tape recorder and fixin' a screen door, you know, and stuff like that and getting the songs together.
Rick Danko - Bass:
We always seemed to get a whole lot more done when we ...
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At the beginning of the film it just says: "THIS FILM SHOULD BE PLAYED LOUD!" See more »
The DVD features an outtake of the jam session onstage towards the end of the concert. See more »
Without doubt the best lineup for a free concert that also served turkey.
If you, as a music lover, have ever wondered what it would be like to see a concert starring the very cream of the crop from the sixties and seventies, you have that opportunity now. Martin Scorcese has produced a film that should be mandatory viewing for anyone who calls themselves a rock lover. While all the performances are memorable, Van Morrison, Bob Dylan, Eric Clapton and, of course, The Band are incredible. Beyond the music, the very premise of the concert is amazing: A big bang to end the era, thanksgiving dinner for thousands, a wicked lineup, great music and some really enlightening interviews. The Last Waltz is a must see if you are a fan of the rock&roll genre, as The Band and friends not only play their hearts out, but also pay tribute to the sound that we all know and love.
Watch it, you won't regret the time spent.
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