MARTIN SCORSESE AND ROBBIE ROBERTSON TO HOST FREE SCREENING OF ‘THE LAST WALTZ’ AT TIFF

TIFF is doubling down on its celebration of hometown rock star Robbie Robertson with a free screening of “The Last Waltz” — to be introduced by Robertson and director Martin Scorsese.

TORONTO — The Toronto International Film Festival is doubling down on its celebration of hometown rock star Robbie Robertson with a free screening of “The Last Waltz” — to be introduced by Robertson and director Martin Scorsese.

Festival organizers say the longtime friends will introduce the classic 1978 concert film, which documents the star-studded farewell of Robertson’s legendary group, the Band.

The Canadian roots rockers were joined by a who’s who of musical greats including Bob Dylan, Joni Mitchell and Neil Young for a legendary show Nov. 25, 1976 at San Francisco’s Winterland Ballroom.

A scene from the film “The Last Waltz,” directed by Martin Scorsese about the 1976 farewell concert for the music group “The Band”, is seen in this undated photo provided August 8, 2019. The Toronto International Film Festival is doubling down on its celebration of hometown rock star Robbie Robertson with a special screening of “The Last Waltz”, to be introduced by Robertson and director Martin Scorsese. Festival organizers say the longtime friends will introduce the classic 1978 concert film, which documents the star-studded farewell of Robertson’s legendary group, the Band.THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO, TIFF

Robertson is also the subject of the TIFF’s opening night gala, “Once Were Brothers: Robbie Robertson and The Band,” which Scorsese executive produced. Meanwhile, Scorsese is also set to receive a retrospective at TIFF Bell Lightbox later this year.

“The Last Waltz” marked Robertson’s decision to quit the Band after 16 years, with the remaining members — drummer and singer Levon Helm, organist Garth Hudson, bassist and singer Rick Danko and pianist Richard Manuel — famously opposed.

The concert film will screen as part of the festival’s free Cinematheque program. Tickets are distributed on a first-come, first-served basis two hours before each screening.

The Canadian Press

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