WESTERN STARS

WESTERN STARS

Thursday Film Series

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Directed by the 70 year old Springsteen the songs ruminate poetically on life and are reborn in this indispensable concert film. Every tune from the album has been enhanced and given room to breathe. Springsteen poetically narrates introductions as beautifully rendered cowboy imagery appears on the screen. There’s an aspect to these songs that renders them essentially cinematic. Much like the crowning jewels of the cinematic concert form (“The Last Waltz” and “Stop Making Sense,”) “Western Stars” is a celebration of music and its surrounding storytelling universe while letting us know that his struggles are ours. He moves from reflections on being a lonely, regretful drifter to a human being who finds redemption through his wife and family. “Everybody’s broken in some way”, he says at one point. “In this life nobody gets away unhurt. We’re always trying to find somebody whose broken pieces fit with our broken pieces and something whole emerges”.

“ONE OF THE GREAT CONCERT MOVIES OF THIS CENTURY.”

- Jordan Ruimy, The Playlist

“WHAT WE GET IS BRUCE SPRINGSTTEN, A HUMAN BEING WHO SEEMS A LOT LESS SURE OF HIMSELF THAN THE BOSS EVER DID. SPRINGSTEEN’S BOOK GAVE US SOME DETAILS BUT WESTERN STARS LOOKS STRAIGHT INTO HIS SOUL.”

- Mike Ryan, Uproxx

“IT’S A CONCERT FILM YOU’LL WANT TO EXPERIENCE WITH OTHERS, AS A RAY OF LIGHT IN THE DARK.”

- Owen Gleiberman, Variety

Directed by Bruce Springsteen, Thom Zimny

Country: USA
Runtime: 83 minutes
Genre: Documentary, Music
Language: English

Rated: G

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