Part of Music City Mondays.
“This film should be played loud!” Now a perennial kickoff to the week of Thanksgiving, we present Martin Scorsese’s masterful 1978 concert film: an all-star affair, seven-camera set-up capturing The Band’s final gig and Bill Graham’s incredibly satisfying postlude to Thanksgiving dinner.
Featuring a rotating till of special guests including Neil Young, Bob Dylan, Joni Mitchell, Muddy Waters and many, many others. A Belcourt Thanksgiving tradition.
“There are few concert movies that were filmed with such abiding feeling and respect. It's of a potent vintage that goes down deceptively smoother with age.” —Elvis Mitchell, New York Times “As far as farewells go, this one was major, and it might have been relegated to the you-had-to-like-have-been-there-man history books had a bearded, jittery Martin Scorsese not decided to ditch some responsibilities and call in some favors. The idea was to simply record the evening for posterity, though the then-35-year-old filmmaker had a few ideas of his own to add into the mix. What he ended up with was the definitive document of these American-music scholars, an epitaph to a specific era of rock history, and the single greatest concert movie of all time.” —David Fear, Rolling Stone “The greatest rock concert movie ever made — and maybe the best rock movie, period.” —Michael Wilmington, Chicago Tribune