Year of the Horse (1997)

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Independent film hero Jim Jarmusch followed Neil Young & Crazy Horse during their 1996 world tour and captured it on handheld Super-8. Spliced with archival footage shot by Young and with current interviews from all band members and Young's father, the result is not so much an overview of the band's career as an homage to the power of the band's consistent and timeless work as a four-piece. With three other Neil Young concert films available on home video (Rust Never Sleeps, Weld, Neil Young Unplugged) Year of the Horse seems a bit redundant, but was obviously a labor of love for Jarmusch. Though the current concert footage seems to drag on (Crazy Horse's propensity for endless jamming isn't exciting every night), the old backstage interviews and a classic clip of live Young from 1976 is worth the viewing.
Rating:
R (adult situations/language)
Genre:
Documentary , Musical & Performing Arts
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Shakey Pictures

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Critic Reviews for Year of the Horse

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Full Review… | September 7, 2011
Entertainment Weekly
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Full Review… | March 25, 2009
Variety
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Full Review… | February 8, 2006
Time Out
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May 20, 2003
New York Times
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Full Review… | April 12, 2002
Globe and Mail
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This is an intimate, lyrical yet incendiary film, and it will please fans of both Young and Jarmusch.

Full Review… | December 31, 1999
San Francisco Chronicle
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Audience Reviews for Year of the Horse

Gritty Neil Young doc with some of his most rockin tunes (if not all his very best performances), and some cool on-the-fly interview bits, including a bible reading from Young and Jarmusch on a bus. Great end sequence with Like a Hurricane too.

Jack Gattanella
Jack Gattanella
½

Jim Jarmusch shot this documentary/live about Neil Young and his band Crazy Horse as they toured in 1996. It was shot on low quality film stock intentionally (Super 8mm, and 16mm film stocks as well as Hi-8 Video Tape), and the look is part of the charm. Quite frankly, if you don't like Neil Young and his music, avoid this altogether. It was made for people who really like Neil Young. I liked it for what it was, but it is a little hard to recommend to someone who is only a casual fan of Young and his work.

Ken Scheck
Ken Scheck
½

2/4 Stars This was a documentary about Neil Young and Crazy Horse, but this movie was boring in most of these parts. The music was okay and boring at the same time. Like I said, this was boring in second half, and I was ready to turn it off. I think that Neil Young is a fine artist, but I don't think that this documentary is something for people to watch over and over again.

Austin Morgan
Austin Morgan

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