Vintage footage buoys a one-sided film about the Band

Vintage footage buoys a one-sided film about the Band

One of the great rock movies, “The Last Waltz” documented the all-star farewell concert of the Band, a monumental Americana group.If that 1978 Martin Scorsese film captured the Band’s end, the new documentary “Once Were Brothers” explores the beginning. Or more precisely, the story of Robbie Robertson, the Band’s articulate and charismatic leader.Essentially a visual version of his 2016 memoir “Testimony,” the film amounts to Robertson’s take on the truth (he served as an executive producer). And therein lies a problem.After detailing Robertson’s fascinating background as the only child of a p...


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