- Thu 23 Jul 2020
- Len Lye Centre Cinema
- Rating: M
- General $12
- Concession $10 for seniors, students and community service card holders (with valid ID)
- Bookings essential
- Hearing loop provided for the hearing impaired
- Wheelchair spaces available. Free entry for a companion to assist an audience member who has a disability. Companion seat is automatically allocated when a wheelchair space is booked
Among one of, if not the best rock movie ever made, The Last Waltz is a revealing, electrifying view of the classic band at the height of their collective powers. Screened in anticipation of the documentary 'Once Were Brothers: Robbie Robertson and the Band' playing in the cinema on Mon 3 Aug.
The Last Waltz is hailed as one of the greatest concert films ever made.
Starting with a title card saying ‘This film should be played loud!’ the concert documentary covers The Band's influences and career.
The group started out in the late 1950s as a rock and roll band led by Ronnie Hawkins, and Hawkins himself appears as the first guest.
The Last Waltz was a concert by The Band, held on American Thanksgiving Day, November 25, 1976, at Winterland Ballroom in San Francisco. It was advertised as the Band's ‘farewell concert appearance’, and the concert saw The Band joined by more than a dozen special guests, including Bob Dylan, Paul Butterfield, Neil Young, Emmylou Harris, Ringo Starr, Ronnie Hawkins, Dr. John, Joni Mitchell, Van Morrison, Muddy Waters, Ronnie Wood, Neil Diamond, Bobby Charles, The Staples, and Eric Clapton. The musical director for the concert was The Band's original record producer, John Simon.
The event was filmed by director Martin Scorsese and made into this documentary of the same name, released in 1978.
The film features concert performances, intermittent song renditions shot on a studio soundstage, and interviews by Scorsese with members of The Band.
US, 1978, Colour, 117 min., Dir. Martin Scorcese