The author examines Martin Scorsese's rockumentary The Last Waltz of 1978 as an encounter between the communitarian focus of the Catholic imagination (cf. Greeley Catholic Imagination) and the more individualistic ethos dominant in contemporary society (cf. Taylor Ethics of Authenticity). He claims the encounter not only shapes Scorsese's fiction films but also exhibit's his notion of the filmmaker's mission. The subject matter of the film lends itself to this examination because a rock band balances between the individuality of its performers and the communality of its form. Moreover, overt religious values and themes of the film are explored in relation to the above questions.
"The Catholic Imagination in Martin Scorsese's The Last Waltz,"
Journal of Religion & Film: Vol. 5
, Article 2.
Available at: http://digitalcommons.unomaha.edu/jrf/vol5/iss2/2