If only because it shows off the talents of the greatest singing drummer in rock n roll historythatd be musician-turned-actor Levon HelmMartin Scorseses 1978 concert film The Last Waltz would be priceless. But the recently re-released classic also happens to be a wonderful slice of rock cinema, documenting the star-studded farewell concert by The Band, the group in which Helm was just one of five immensely talented members. Not only did The Bands combination of country, rock, blues, R&B and gospel set the stage for the roots-rock and Americana trends of todays music scene, the players were gregarious and charming people, as shown in Scorseses intimate backstage interviews. Including thrilling guest appearances by Muddy Waters, Neil Young, Eric Clapton, the Staples Singers, Joni Mitchell, Van Morrison and Emmylou Harris, the live performances are simply amazing.
Director: Martin Scorsese
Producer: L.A. Johnson, Frank Marshall, Steven Prince, Robbie Robertson and Jonathan T. Taplin
Cast: Robbie Robertson, Ringo Starr, Muddy Waters, Ron Wood, Neil Young, Paul Butterfield, Eric Clapton, Rick Danko, Neil Diamond, Dr. John, Bob Dylan, Emmylou Harris, Ronnie Hawkins, Levon Helm, Garth Hudson, Howard Johnson, Richard Manuel, Joni Mitchell, Van Morrison and Roebuck "Pops" Staples