A concert film of Neil Young's two night performance at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, Tennessee. Filmed by Jonathan Demme (who brought us the much revered Talking Heads co0ncert film Stop Making Sense), and featuring guest appearances from Emmylou Harris, Spooner Oldham and others.
Neil Young’s latest film outing and his first since he endured touch-and-go brain surgery last year — is another validation of his place in the grand pantheon of rock ’n’ roll. Jonathan Demme’s film of Young’s concert in Nashville exquisitely captures the singer-songwriter’s gritty, rustic tunes, with the sepia-soaked staging providing the perfect backdrop for Young’s emotional delivery.
From the delirium that greets Old Man and Heart Of Gold to the hushed reverence brought on by the live premiere of When God Made Me, Demme manages to place the viewer smack-bang in the front row of the theatre. Essential viewing for Young fans, and a beautifully shot introduction for those yet to discover the man and his music.
Shows the famed songwriter's performance and work off with reverance, and a faithfullness to the live experience.
Reviewed by Ross Bennett