NEIL YOUNG TRUNK SHOW
JONATHAN DEMME | USA | ENGLISH | 2009 | 82 MIN
The legendary artistic collaboration between Jonathan Demme and rocker Neil Young is at its most elemental and raw in this intimate concert documentary, filmed at Upper Darby’s Tower Theater.
Few filmmakers did as much to elevate and redefine the concert documentary as Jonathan Demme, and the director’s three-film collaboration with Neil Young represents one of the great achievements in rock cinema. The second in Demme’s concert trilogy, NEIL YOUNG TRUNK SHOW followed on the heels of 2006’s folksy HEART OF GOLD, but differs from that film’s acoustic-heavy, contemplative tone in just about every way. Trunk Show is a decidedly freewheeling and hard-rocking affair, with Young demonstrating his legendary electric guitar chops across a set that blends well-worn favorites like “Cinnamon Girl” and “Old Man” with rarely performed deep cuts. Filmed at the Tower Theater in Upper Darby, Pennsylvania, the doc is shot through with the frenetic energy of a great bootleg recording, with Demme employing a combination of handheld and Super 8 footage to achieve an unadorned, fly-on-the-wall feel. Yet Demme’s eye for detail is still evident throughout, and even at its loosest NEIL YOUNG TRUNK SHOW testifies to the director’s consummate craftsmanship.
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