The Song Remains the Same (20-Oct-1976)|
Directors: Peter Clifton; Joe Massot
Keywords: Music Concert, Rock and Roll
Led Zeppelin in concert, Madison Square Garden.
||Drummer for Led Zeppelin, 1968-80
|John Paul Jones
||Bassist for Led Zeppelin
||Led Zeppelin Guitarist
||Lead singer of Led Zeppelin
Review by Eileen Fay (posted on 4-May-2007)
I love this film, catching the band as it does in their heyday. The concert footage is fine, with plenty of good camera angles that show Robert at his relaxed, in command of the material, sexy best.
I especially enjoy the scenes of their home lives, with wives and children. It's interesting to suss out their pet hobbies, such as farming and funny cars. John Paul reading to his kids while wife makes dinner - charming.
The most beautiful - and yet, poignant - scene for me is the lovely streamside setting with Robert and Maureen taking such evident joy in their sweet little children, Carmen and Karac. The pastoral beauty of their home life and obvious love for one another at that time makes it all the more heart-rending when one reads that Karac died only a couple of years later, and the parents divorced in 1980. It breaks my heart. I cannot but wish they had stayed together always, and helped each other through the sorrow.
One perhaps imperfection, and only because it's seen through this latter-day perspective (I'm writing this in May, 2007), is some of the fantasy footage. I do like most of it, but it can seem a bit dated now. Still, it's only harmless fun, after all, so no big criticism here. (I went through the mythology/Tolkien/occult trends in those times, too!)
As the film opens and we see the bicycle messenger going along those lovely country lanes, it reminds me that here is the quintessential fond wish of many who work their way up the stardom ladder (and plenty others of us, too!), namely, that they earn enough from their labors to buy the cozy (or grand or historical, according to their tastes) home in the English countryside. These four lads certainly made that goal, and I can only hope/wish that they and their families are still happy in those gorgeous landscapes.
All in all, a valuable document.
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