The Song Remains the Same

The Song Remains the Same

Peter Clifton (1976)

131min
15 Certificate
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Review

Our Score
The thunderous rock riffs of Led Zeppelin were a favourite among 1970s acid-droppers and it looks as if the makers of this odd documentary had more than their fair share. Footage of a 1973 New York concert (with the highlight being the epic Stairway to Heaven) are interspersed with behind-the-scenes mishaps, trippy effects and ultra-weird fantasy sequences from the heads of Robert Plant, Jimmy Page and the others, which make Tommy look like social realism. Doubtless, fans will enjoy, although the dated sound quality might bother those with a re-mastered Led Zep CD collection.

Summary

Peter Clifton and Joe Massot's unconventional documentary capturing Led Zeppelin's 1973 concert in New York's Madison Square Garden. The film combines documentary footage of the band backstage, performances of classic tracks including Stairway to Heaven and an extended version of Dazed and Confused running for more than 20 minutes, and surreal dream-like sequences showing the group's fantasies.

Cast & Crew

Actor Led Zeppelin
Director Peter Clifton
Director Joe Massot

Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Columbia-Warner DistsAvailable on: video, DVD and Blu-ray
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