This week’s question: concert films. Whether they’re actual documentary records or more improvised fare, the concert film, like the class reunion, has often provided a perfect platform for the loves, hates and everything in-between to work their way out. What’s your favorite concert film, real or otherwise?
From the iconic, large suit to the band slowly joining in after each song, the Talking Heads concert film Stop Making Sense by Jonathan Demme is clearly a highwater mark in the genre. As for what Richard Peña thinks, “The lines are blurry here, so one might go from the wonderful A Hard Day’s Night to Woodstock. But one I’d especially recommend is Fever Year, a beautiful, intimate look at a year on the road with singer-songwriter Andrew Bird made by director Xan Aranda.”