“It’s the most beautifully made rock movie ever. The set, the lighting, the camera movements – everything about the way the movie looks is just perfect. It’s funny: Growing up, I was like, ‘Who the fuck is The Band, and why do they have a Martin Scorsese movie about them? Why is this important? Why are all of these amazing stars coming out and playing with these guys?’
“All of those questions were answered when I saw the film. I couldn’t believe how amazing The Band were, their brilliant songs and their musicianship. Their influence is enormous – you could fill a stadium with the bands that have ripped them off.
“There’s the tendency to downplay the movie because it features too much of Robbie Robertson. He and Marty were big drug buddies at the time, so that undoubtedly played into him getting more screen time. But that doesn’t matter – when I watch the movie, I don’t think Robertson comes out of it more than anybody else.
"The performances are unbelievable. Danko singing Stage Fright? Absolutely heartbreaking. And Levon Helm is killin’ it with Up On Cripple Creek. That’s probably the hottest performance of the song you’ll ever hear.”
Alternate: Stop Making Sense (1984)
“Another really well-done concert film. A lot of thought obviously went into it – they didn’t just show up with some cameras and hope for the best. There’s a lot to be said for spontaneity, but The Last Waltz and Stop Making Sense are beautiful examples of visions being fully realized by consummate filmmakers.”