The GRAMMY Museum is thrilled to host a special panel discussion of THE LAST WALTZ in celebration of its 45th Anniversary, followed by a post-screening panel moderated by journalist Pamela Chelin with Olivier Chastan (CEO of Iconoclast), Mark Pinkus (President of Rhino Records), and Harvey Kubernik (author and music historian).
More than just one of the greatest concert films ever made, THE LAST WALTZ is an at once ecstatic and elegiac summation of a vital era in American rock music. Invited to capture the farewell performance of the legendary group The Band at San Francisco’s Winterland Ballroom on Thanksgiving, 1976, Martin Scorsese and The Band redefined the concert film/music documentary genre. Enlisting seven camera operators, led by director of photography Michael Chapman, and including Vilmos Zsigmond and László Kovács (all Oscar-winning cinematographers), as well as production designer Boris Leven to design the strikingly theatrical sets, Scorsese created a grandly immersive experience that brings viewers onstage and inside the music itself. That music—as performed by The Band and a host of other generation-defining artists, including Bob Dylan, Joni Mitchell, Van Morrison, the Staple Singers, Muddy Waters, and Neil Young—lives on as an almost religious expression of the transcendent possibilities of rock and roll.