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YEAR OF THE HORSE

SYNOPSIS:
Jim Jarmusch tags along with Neil Young and Crazy Horse around Europe, documenting their tour and reflecting on their past.

"If you’re as old as me, you might remember a film called Rust Never Sleeps, which was basically a filmed Neil Young concert (directed by Young himself, incidentally). I recall being entranced by the sheer force of his performance. Well, twenty years later, nothing much has changed. The waistlines might be bigger and the hair may be greyer, but the raw energy of Neil Young and Crazy Horse remains. In Year of the Horse, Jim Jarmusch perfectly captures the vitality and power of the group’s music. The point is made several times that the Crazy Horse "sound" has almost an existence of its own; only emerging when the group is together and unable to be replicated by others. Quite apart from exploring the music, the film also taps into something deeper; something about friendship, collaboration, aging and perseverance - indeed about the artistic process itself. In that sense, it can be regarded as an exceptional achievement. Jarmusch (one of modern cinema’s great stylists) uses a blend of new and old footage, different film stocks, lighting styles and editing techniques to create a compelling documentation of this unique group. Your individual appreciation of the film will largely depend on your taste for Neil Young’s music. But there’s no doubt Year of the Horse is an intriguing and satisfying portrait of an artist and his work."
David Edwards



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YEAR OF THE HORSE (MA15+)
(US)

DOCUMENTARY

CAST: Neil Young, Frank 'Pancho' Sampedro, Billy Talbot, Ralph Molina

DIRECTOR: Jim Jarmusch

PRODUCER: L.A. Johnson

CINEMATOGRAPHER: Jim Jarmusch, L.A. Johnson, Steve Onuska, Arthur Rosat

EDITOR: Jay Rabinowitz

MUSIC: Neil Young

PRODUCTION DESIGN:

RUNNING TIME: 106 minutes

AUSTRALIAN DISTRIBUTOR: Dendy

AUSTRALIAN RELEASE: Feb 18, 1999

Video Release: June 23, 1999

UPCOMING EVENT
RIVERSIDE SCREEN PREMIERES
A program of premiere screenings of new movies prior to their commercial release on 6 consecutive Tuesdays, starts February 17, 2015 at Riverside Theatre, Parramatta, Sydney.

Curated & presented by Andrew L. Urban, discussion to follow with special guests. Briefing notes provided.







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