FILM: The Last Waltz
The Last Waltz
Sunday, June 27th
Gardens Open at 7:30PM for Live Music
Come and enjoy live music by band “JL Rolls The Dice”
featuring Randolph Hudson, Fred Gilde, Al Buonanno, Klyph Black and Jim Lawler
Film Screens at 8:45PM
Perhaps the greatest rock documentary ever made, Martin Scorsese’s The Last Waltz captures what was advertised as legendary rock group The Band’s final farewell concert appearance. Joined on stage by more than a dozen special guests, including Eric Clapton, Bob Dylan, Neil Young, Muddy Waters and Joni Mitchell, The Last Waltz started as a concert, but it became a celebration.
THE LAST WALTZ
Directed by Martin Scorsese
Images courtesy of Park Circus/MGM Studios
"The Greatest Concert Movie of All Time." Rolling Stone Magazine
"A heady time capsule." The Guardian
"...arguably the most beautiful of rock movies...." Time Out
Forty-five years ago, on Thanksgiving Day in 1976, The Band gave their final concert at Winterland in San Francisco – "a massive swan song, an all-star spectacle and a no-holds-barred farewell that welcomed everyone from Neil Diamond to Neil Young...and some of the most acclaimed rock legends of the '60s and '70's - Bob Dylan, Van Morrison, Eric Clapton, Joni Mitchell and Muddy Waters."
The concert may have been relegated to the "you-had-to-like-have-been-there-man" history books had it not been for a 35-year-old director who made rock film history that night - Martin Scorsese. He brought in the cream of the crop to record the concert: among the 6 cinematographers were Laszlo Kovacs and Vilmos Zsigmond, two of Hollywood's best, and he borrowed the set of La Traviata from the San Francisco Opera for the performance. It became the first rock concert to be shot in 35mm and the first to use a 24-track recording system.
The result is a revealing, electrifying view of the classic band at its pinnacle. The film is not only a vibrant accounting of that historic evening, "it's a celebration of Scorsese's love affair with Rock and Roll – the definitive document of a once in a lifetime group of American-music scholars, an epitaph to a specific era of rock history, and the single greatest concert movie of all time."
With thanks to David Fear, Rolling Stone Magazine
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