I know this blog is very, very young and that this is very last minute, but I just wanted to give a shout out to this double feature that is going down tonight in Santa Monica, California. I plan on this becoming a regular feature with me giving more heads up to great screenings that happen around Southern California.
Anyway, if you have never watched Martin Scorsese's The Last Waltz then you are really missing out on the most cinematic concert film ever made. It helps if you are a fan of some of the music featured in the film, but you don't have to be a fan of the music to at least admire the filmmaking going on through out the film. It's truly mindblowing when you realize that Scorsese only had one night and one chance to capture all of it.
The one thing I really love about the film apart from the filmmaking is how Scorsese was able to capture the joy that can be found in friends just playing music together. The smiles and little moments between each band member as they rock out to their greatest hits with their friends is what really makes the film stand out among other concert films.
The film has a lot of great moments and performances but this is easily the film's most famous song and definitely one of the best parts of the film. I really can't recommend this film enough.
I've actually never seen Monterey Pop but I (and probably you too) know the film's truly iconic moment. I'm looking forward to finally checking it out and I'm glad that I will be seeing it for the first time on the big screen.
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