The Band (film)

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German title The band
Original title The Last Waltz
Country of production United States
original language English
Publishing year 1978
length 117 minutes
Director Martin Scorsese
script Mardik Martin
production Robbie Robertson ,
Jonathan Taplin
music The band
camera Michael Chapman
cut Jan Roblee ,
Yeu-Bun Yee

The Band - The Last Waltz is a film directed by Martin Scorsese from the year 1978 . The film portrays The Last Waltz , the farewell concert by the Canadian-American rock band The Band .


Built around the farewell concert of the rock band "The Band" on November 25th, 1976, Thanksgiving Day , the band's history is told through conversations with the band members on the one hand, and the history of a time and music era on the other.



The film received very good reviews. It was ranked among the best concert films of all time. Chicago Tribune critic Michael Wilmington called the film "the best rock concert movie ever made and probably the best rock movie, period!" Total Film called it "the best concert film of all time". On Rotten Tomatoes , the movie has a 97% positive rating (out of 37 reviews).

Review from Levon Helm

Levon Helm criticized the film in 1993 in his autobiography This Wheel's on Fire - Levon Helm and the Story of The Band | This Wheel's on Fire . Scorsese would have focused only on Robbie Robertson and portrayed the rest of the band as his laborers.

Helm called Last Waltz "the biggest fuckin 'rip-off that ever happened to the band" (the biggest fuckin rip-off the band has ever experienced). Nobody in the band would have seen any money for publications.


The film won the 1979 Kansas City Film Critics Circle Award for Best Documentary ; In 2003, the DVD received the DVD Exclusive Award for audio commentary and was nominated for its features, among other things. In 2019 the film was included in the National Film Registry .

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. Michael Wilmington: Movie review, 'The Last Waltz' , Chicago Tribune. April 18, 2002. Archived from the original on October 13, 2008. Retrieved January 7, 2007. 
  2. DVD Reviews: The Last Waltz . Total film. Retrieved January 7, 2007.
  3. ^ The Last Waltz . Rotten tomatoes. Retrieved January 8, 2007.
  4. ^ Helm, Levon; Stephen Davis (2000). This Wheel's on Fire. Chicago: A Capella Books. P. 275. ISBN 978-1-55652-405-9 .
  5. ^ Helm, Levon; Stephen Davis (2000). This Wheel's on Fire. Chicago: A Capella Books. P. 277. ISBN 978-1-55652-405-9 .