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March 5th, 2015

The Last Waltz

"The most beautiful rock film ever made"

The Last Waltz

Martin Scorsese 1976, USA, 112 mins.

Less well known than it should have been, The Band was a Canadian-American rock band who, for their farewell concert in November 1976, invited many of their musical friends to join them on the stage. This film takes us to that concert and features songs from a dozen other big names as well as a dozen by The Band themselves.

The concert ended with all the participants on stage at once: from left to right in the photo above you have Dr. John, Neil Diamond, Joni Mitchell, Neil Young, Rick Danko, Van Morrison, Bob Dylan and Robbie Robertson. Also on stage at that point were Eric Clapton, Ronnie Wood, Ringo Starr, Muddy Waters and others. Brilliantly directed by Martin Scorsese, this is the rock-lover's film.

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