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PNYC: Portishead - Roseland New York (1997)

Portishead concert in the Roseland Ballroom, New York City, on the 24th July 1997 with tracks from the albums "Dummy" and "Portishead" played by the band and a 30 piece orchestra.


Dick Carruthers

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Credited cast:
Portishead Portishead ... Themselves
Geoff Barrow Geoff Barrow ... Himself - Portishead
Beth Gibbons Beth Gibbons ... Herself - Portishead
Adrian Utley Adrian Utley ... Himself - Portishead
Dave MacDonald Dave MacDonald ... Himself - Portishead
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
John Baggott John Baggott ... Himself (keyboards)
Alfred Brown Alfred Brown ... Himself (viola)
Harold Coletta Harold Coletta ... Himself (viola)
Clive Deamer Clive Deamer ... Himself (drums)
David Finck David Finck ... Himself (bass)
Susan Follari Susan Follari ... Herself (viola)
Will Gregory Will Gregory ... Himself (oboe, baritone saxophone)
Joyce Hammann Joyce Hammann ... Herself (violin)
Nick Ingman Nick Ingman ... Himself (conductor, bass)
Suzie Katayama Suzie Katayama ... Herself (cello)


Portishead concert in the Roseland Ballroom, New York City, on the 24th July 1997 with tracks from the albums "Dummy" and "Portishead" played by the band and a 30 piece orchestra. Written by Marco Radke <radke@krypta.aball.de>

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Documentary | Music



Official Sites:

Official Site of Portishead





Release Date:

10 November 1998 (USA) See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Lemmon Films,Portishead See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital


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Did You Know?


This film was released theatrically in the UK in special midnight 35mm screenings in September of 1997. See more »


Edited into Danny Baker Rocks... (A Bit): The Nineties (2014) See more »

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Unique and ice cool
20 May 2006 | by FramescourerSee all my reviews

A unique film of a live concert. It's shot in a couple of ways; conventional, sepia filtered footage is intercut with Super 8. Rather like the music - sample-heavy, studio-based, soundscape-as-song - trying on a live outfit, the film sets itself up as both a concert document and a film-in-itself.

The result is a bewildering triumph in all respects. The conceptual gamble of the orchestra and band at audience level (with no division save the dolly tracks) pays off - it feels live and genuinely intimate. Add a possessed, shamanic performance from Beth Gibbons, cocooned in the midst of the band, and we get the music like an IV shot. Watching the muted, monochromatic-filtered film was, for me, rather like looking at a painting by Mark Rothko: stripped of the clutter of context or content the experience becomes more direct.

Luckily, the band don't push it. They're not above talking to the audience and the film cuts between the concert and scenes out on the street and footage both prior to and after the show. The end result is a concert that is no more than what it is, without claim or pretence. It's absorbing, oddly moving and almost insurmountably cool.

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