Once Were Brothers: Robbie Robertson and The Band

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Once Were Brothers my frustrate Band fans looking for a less narrowly focused overview, but the group's music and history remain as engrossing as ever.

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Once Were Brothers: Robbie Robertson and The Band is a confessional, cautionary, and occasionally humorous tale of Robbie Robertson's young life and the creation of one of the most enduring groups in the history of popular music, The Band. The film is a moving story of Robertson's personal journey, overcoming adversity and finding camaraderie alongside the four other men who would become hi brothers in music and who together made their mark on music history. Once Were Brothers blends rare archival footage, photography iconic songs and interviews with many of Robertson's friends and collaborators including Bruce Springsteen, Eric Clapton, Van Morrison Martin Scorsese, Peter Gabriel, Taj Mahal, Dominique Robertson, Ronnie Hawkins, and more.

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  • It's a bracing journey filled with wonderful anecdotes and splendid footage, and it is, emphatically, Robbie Robertson telling the story of The Band, from his perspective.

    May 22, 2020 | Full Review…
  • The better way to come close to an understanding of who The Band was is to re-watch The Last Waltz instead.

    March 9, 2020 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

    Robert Levin

    Newsday
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  • Robertson is chasing something different here - a fond remembrance of the complicated friendships lost along the way that celebrates the good times through the music they created while they could.

    February 28, 2020 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…
  • Even at its most painful, the Band's story captures something golden, incendiary and wistfully beautiful - "so beautiful," Robertson reflects, "that it went up in flames."

    February 27, 2020 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • Music fans will appreciate this cinematic ode to the greatness of the Band, if not its lack of fairness.

    February 27, 2020 | Full Review…
  • Robertson has a gift for romanticizing his own hero's journey, even if in the end, the film comes off as elaborate self-justification.

    February 26, 2020 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

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