Universally hailed as one of “the best concert films ever made,” director Martin Scorsese’s THE LAST WALTZ chronicles the final, farewell performance of legendary Canadian rockers The Band on November 25, 1976 (American Thanksgiving).
A musical delight that is as fresh today as it was upon its release, the film features The Band’s members (including Robbie Robertson, Levon Helm, and Rick Danko) as well as over a dozen special guests like 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 Staple Singers, and Eric Clapton.
“Simply one of the best rock docs ever, born of equal parts thunder and fatigue.” (Toronto Star)
“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.” (Time Out)
“This 1978 labour of love, one of the most immaculately filmed rock concerts, preserves for posterity the final appearance of the Band, the great group led by Robbie Robertson that had been on the road (often with Bob Dylan) for 16 years.” (Observer)
THE LAST WALTZ
Saturday, October 10
Doors 7:00 pm | Movie 7:30 pm *Start time subject to change
Tickets $15 advance HERE | $15 at the door
*Minors permitted in the balcony. Must be 19+ w/ID for bar service and main floor seating.
*Rio Theatre Groupons and passes OK! Please redeem at the door.
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THE LAST WALTZ (Martin Scorsese, 1978 / 117 mins / PG) | Seventeen years after joining forces as the backing band for rockabilly cult hero Ronnie Hawkins, Canadian roots rockers The Band call it quits with a lavish farewell show at San Francisco’s Winterland Ballroom on Nov. 25, 1976. Filmed by Martin Scorsese, this documentary features standout performances by rock legends such as Bob Dylan, Van Morrison, Eric Clapton, Joni Mitchell and Muddy Waters, as well as interviews tracing the group’s history and discussing road life.