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The Who



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4 stars I went to a now defunct cinema in my city to watch this film in July or August 1979. At that time, I was 14 years old, and I was on school holidays then. I also went at that time to watch some Rock films ("Woodstock", "Let It Be" and others) in other cinemas. It was a time when Rock concerts in my city were not seen with "good eyes" by the goverment, and Rock movies were rarely shown in cinemas and for a short time only (fortunately this changed by the late eighties). At that time I also was starting to collect Rock music records and learning about Rock and Prog Rock bands. So, I went to that old cinema to watch this film, with a lot of "teenager enthusiasm". I liked the film a lot, so some days later I went to watch the film again.I think that even some years later I went to another cinema to watch the film again, and finally, in 2000 a Cultural TV channel in my city broadcasted the film for the first time on TV. So, now, my opinion about this film is not as favourale as the first time I watched to it, but, anyway, I still consider it as a good documentary about the history of this band done before Keith Moon`s death. It has some flaws: the clips are not shown in a chronological order. There is not really a narration of their history. So, it is more a visual documentary, with funny scenes and interviews, some TV appearances, and some songs played in concert, like in the Monterey and Woodstock Festivals and in other venues, some promotional films for songs like "Happy Jack", etc. Maybe the most interesting things in this film are the scenes of the band filmed during their last concert with Keith Moon which were filmed in May 1978, and also the scenes filmed during the recording of their "Who Are You" album during late 1977 and mid 1978. Humour also appears a lot in this film due to funny interviews with the members of the band, particularly with Keith Moon and Pete Townshed. Roger Daltrey and John Entwistle appear less time speaking in the film (a thing both of them didn`t like very much from this film, and they also said that they considered the film as "amateur"). As time has passed, I can see more clearly now these flaws, and it is very clear that Jeff Stein, the Director of the film, really was an amateur film maker then, being really a fan of the band who proposed to them to do this film. Another flaw (which I hope that it was repaired when preparing the film to be released on DVD) is that most songs are in a higher speed in the original film (a thing that didn`t happen in the soundtrack album of the same name).So, this film, while still been very good, is like a "collage" of unrelated scenes edited one after the other. Anyway, it still is very entertaining and funny. I hope one day to watch to the DVD version of this film.
Guillermo | 4/5 |


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