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FILM DETAILS
Certificate
PG
Cast
Neil Young
Emmylou Harris
Ben Keith
Spooner Oldham.
Directors
Jonathan Demme.
Screenwriters
Running Time
104 minutes

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Neil Young: Heart Of Gold


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Plot
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.


Review
Neil Young: Heart Of Gold

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.


Verdict
Shows the famed songwriter's performance and work off with reverance, and a faithfullness to the live experience.


Reviewed by Ross Bennett

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Ok, it may not be a 5-star movie for non-Young fans, but it's still the most beautiful and intimate and personable concert-movie ever. It oozes quality even with the sound on mute (which I wouldn't recommend by the way). A friend of mine is a heavy-metal fan (strictly so). He called around just as I was putting on my Heart of Gold Region1 dvd. I expected him to leave after the first few songs, but he sat glued to his seat for the full duration. Afterwards he said he'd have to borrow the dvd to... More

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