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Martin Scorsese's documentary has been labelled a time capsule of an era,
and whilst this type of reference usually sounds overstated, there is no
doubting the accomplishment of this film as an event. Many use the
documentary 'Woodstock: 3 Days of Peace and Music' as the ultimate
of a music-doco, but whilst the music in The Last Waltz is actually on
with the great performances of Woodstock (bar Jimi Hendrix[there's no
substitute]), the thing which elevates The Last Waltz is the photography.
This was the first music doco to be shot on 35mm and watching the concert, you'd think that each performance was carefully choregraphed over a few weeks of shooting rather than over one night. Special thanks must be given to Cinematogrpaher Michael Chapman for his efforts on this film. The look of the film is what elevates it's overall appeal, because the music was always going to be epic, especially with the cavalcade of great names performing. This is just great filmmaking from contemporary cinema's most accomplished filmmaker. And how about that haunting theme that both starts and ends the film. Just great.