The Last Waltz
1978 | Documentary/Musical | 116 minutes | English
When the Canadian-American rock group “The Band” decided to disband, they resolved to do it in style. On Thanksgiving Day, 1976, they held a memorable farewell concert at the Winterland Ballroom in San Francisco. Fortunately, Martin Scorsese filmed the entire event. In addition to filming some of the hit songs like “Don’t Do It,” “Up on Cripple Creek,” “Stage Fright,” and “The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down,” Scorsese included studio segments and interviews with members of “The Band,” who touchingly reminisced about their history and unforgettable experiences.
Why Stream This Film?
- Rotten Tomatoes Score (Critics Consensus): 99%
- Metacritic Score: 88
- In 2019, the film was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant.”
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THE LAST WALTZ was hailed as the greatest rock ‘n’ roll movie ever made, and its stature has only increased.
THE BAND’S music has such intrinsic strength and resilience that it can’t help but break through those self-imposed barriers and set itself and the audience free.
It’s arguably the most beautiful of rock movies, while the musical highlights THE WEIGHT with the Staples Singers, Van Morrison’s Firebolt CARAVAN, every Levon Helm vocal—still astound.
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