This Father’s Day, see three of the greatest concert movies from the ’70s on the big screen. From D.A. Pennebaker’s seminal David Bowie film Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars to Martin Scorsese’s intimate look at The Band’s farewell concert with The Last Waltz to Mel Stuart’s vital, powerful Wattstax, we’ll be turning up the speakers all day long.
Capturing the London Hammersmith Odeon Theatre concert from 1973’s Aladdin Sane UK tour, rock doc vet D. A. Pennebaker shoots straight with minimal behind-the-scenes action. Featuring performances of “Space Oddity,” “Changes,” and “Suffragette City,” alongside covers of The Rolling Stones, The Velvet Underground, and Beethoven.
Scorsese’s intimate documentary, filmed on Thanksgiving Day 1976, features the seminal rock group The Band’s farewell concert, accompanied by friends and music legends Joni Mitchell, Bob Dylan, Muddy Waters, Eric Clapton, and more.
On August 20, 1972, to mark the seventh anniversary of the 1965 Watts riots in Los Angeles, Stax Records presented Wattstax, a daylong music festival. For this joyous documentary, director Mel Stuart combines footage from the music gathering, interviews with Watts residents, and snippets of effortless comedy by then-up-and-comer Richard Pryor.
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