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The Last Waltz

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The last Waltz is a 1976 documentary film about the last days of “The Band”, a rock group formed in Toronto Canada in 1964. The film is one of Martin Scorseses' earlier examples of direction which he made just two years after the landmark movie, Taxi driver starring Robert De Niro. 

 

The Last Waltz mostly features live performances of the group and as they play some of their songs such as the classic “The weight”, however there are a number of interviews with them too. The Band were active between the years 1964 and 1976 within which time they produced over thirty singles and seven albums, two of them being a live collaboration with folk singer Bob Dylan, two reaching US gold certification and one platinum. This film remains a time capsule and a great example of how Scorsese dabbles in documentary film making from time to time, the most recent example to date being his work on the climate change production, Before the Flood.

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