Year of the Horse

Director: Jim Jarmusch

U.S.A.| 1997. Colour. Dolby digital stereo. 107 min.

Having provided a sublime, largely improvised score to Dead Man, idiosyncratic cultural icon Neil Young was repaid by Jarmusch with a deliberately rough-hewn concert movie capturing the man rocking the free world in the company of longtime cohorts Crazy Horse. Incorporating interviews and performances taken from the 1970s and ’80s, Jarmusch’s impressionistic approach (his own footage of the band in concert utilises a variety of lo-? mediums, from super-8 to video) aims to capture nothing less than the elusive spirit of rock and roll itself, as personi?ed by Young’s ragtag group of grizzled desperados. The music ranges from the sublime to the truly out-there (depending upon your tolerance for endless displays of virtuoso improvisational jamming), while the ?lmmaker’s own on-screen interjections are absolutely invaluable and occasionally hilarious. Most importantly, Year of the Horse is a great concert movie, and one that cuts to the heart of the live experience.

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