The Last Waltz

DVD - 2004
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
The Last Waltz
The Band, one of rock's superstar groups, decided to call it quits after sixteen grueling years on the road. The group held this farewell concert on Thanksgiving Day, 1976, at San Francisco's Winterland, the site of their first performance. The performance is interspersed with interview footage.

Published: [United States] : MGM Home Entertainment, c2004.
Edition: Special ed.
ISBN: 0792852508
Branch Call Number: DVD 782.4216 LAS
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (117 min.) :,sd., col. ;,4 3/4 in.


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Jan 18, 2014
  • jessibird rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Must-see, even if all you want to do is be in the know when people reference this film. If you mention you haven't seen it, you will be gently pitied and urged to view it with no delay. With good reason. Besides The Band and Bob Dylan, you'll see rousing and moving guest performances by:

Paul Butterfield
Bobby Charles
Eric Clapton
Neil Diamond
Dr. John
Emmylou Harris
Joni Mitchell
Van Morrison
The Staples
Ringo Starr
Stephen Stills
Neil Young

Sep 23, 2013

Thanksgiving Day, 1976, I was living in San Francisco. Tickets for this concert were $25, an outrageous amount for me in those days, but it did include a dinner and a dance. I decided not to go. When I heard about it the next day, I knew I'd regret that decision the rest of my life. So far, I do. Thank goodness they filmed it and thank goodness our wonderful library has a copy for all of us to see.

Oct 18, 2012

I've been watching this d.v.d. while looking at the sunset outside my 6th. floor window - so enjoyable!

Apr 19, 2012
  • biblioholic rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Much as I enjoy the concert footage, my favorite parts are the recordings on the stage either before or after the concert: The Staples playing "The Weight", Emmylou Harris playing "Evangeline", and The Band alone playing "The Last Waltz." Removed from the concert dynamics, these pieces, surrounded by silences, somehow seem to stand more on the music.

When I saw this movie in the theater 22 years ago, I'd never heard of The Band. I was tagging along with a woman I was interested in, and she had a crush on Robbie Robertson. By the end of the evening, I was hooked.

(RIP, Levon)


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