Anthology celebrates this 4th of July weekend with two very special screenings of WILLIE NELSON’S 4TH OF JULY CELEBRATION, a document of one of Willie’s legendary picnics/concerts/free-for-alls. Rarely, if ever, shown in New York City, WILLIE NELSON’S 4TH is guaranteed to transport you far from the rat-race cacophony of the metropolis, to a world of smooth country crooning and nimble-fingered guitar picking, of high times and open spaces.
“Willie is [here] the smooth 1970s country crooner: hunk-ily handsome and heartbreakingly good; not yet his gentle stoner-Gramps-self of today. Those unfamiliar with Willie’s live performances will marvel at the fireworks display his chops ignite on that beat-up Spanish guitar. The film’s music is infectious, especially when Doug ‘the Ragin’ Cajun’ Kershaw shows up in full Austin Powers velour and pirate-dickie, and – full of all the swirling energy of a ‘Looze-ana’ hurricane – steals the show with his brand of wild bayou fiddling. Willie’s dear compadre Waylon Jennings shows up, too, performing several hits including his Willie-homage, ‘Willie the Wandering Gypsy’. As the show climaxes with the requisite ‘everyone-on-stage’ finale, even Jennings has become pretty recreationally zonked, with his half-open eyelids giving him a devilish aura.” –Walter Forsberg
–Friday, July 3 at 8:00 and Saturday, July 4 at 6:00.
(1979, ca. 100 minutes, 35mm. Special thanks to Walter Forsberg.)