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The Last Waltz

  • Film
  • 4 out of 5 stars
The Last Waltz
"The Last Waltz"
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Time Out says

4 out of 5 stars

It’s been named the best concert film of all time, but

The Band

’s star-studded 1976 swansong hasn’t entirely escaped the ravages of time. With Scorsese directing – and legendary cinematographers

Laszlo Kovacs

and

Vilmos Zsigmond

behind the cameras – 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. But the transition from soulful ’70s grit to coke-friendly ’80s sheen is all too audible, and too many songs are marred by saxes, unnecessary guitar solos or, in the case of

Neil Young

’s lovely ‘Helpless’,

Joni Mitchell

warbling like a demented hippy fire alarm. Still, for fans of Proper Music, ‘The Last Waltz’ remains the gold standard.

Written by Tom Huddleston

Release Details

  • Rated:U
  • Release date:Friday 2 December 2011
  • Duration:117 mins

Cast and crew

  • Director:Martin Scorsese
  • Cast:
    • The Band
    • Bob Dylan
    • Joni Mitchell
    • Neil Diamond
    • Emmylou Harris
    • Neil Young
    • Van Morrison
    • Muddy Waters
    • Dr John
    • Ronnie Hawkins
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