BAYOU BASH

Real America for all us fakers

Stetsons, Texas twangs, un-ironic facial hair, and Old Glory in all her splendor: Willie Nelson’s 4th of July Celebration tosses up a salute to an America that probably doesn’t exist anymore, but then again, this film practically doesn’t, either. The 1979 classic of concert cinema is virtually extinct on video, but, lucky for us jaded city folk, it will return to the big screen once again this holiday weekend. Amid a flannel sea of 10,000 Lone Star–pounding patriots, director Yabo Yablonski captures Nelson in his prime—that is, curiously sober and astute—while Doug “the Ragin’ Cajun” Kershaw attacks the fiddle, and Leon Russell, much to the show’s own benefit, becomes progressively more drunk as the night goes on.
Sat., July 3, 8 p.m.; Sun., July 4, 5:30 p.m., 2010

 
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