The recently road-shy Robbie Robertson had a dream; cap this phase of The Band's creativity with a grand musical finale from the place it all started, the Winterland Ballroom. Venue-miester Bill Graham signed on, and signed them, immediately, and so began plans for an incredible evening of turkey plus trimmings [a Graham Thanksgiving tradition], ballroom dancing and multiple bands, all captured for posterity in a film that was conceived as 'let's video this for the archives' and grew into a Martin Scorsese-directed number. The chandelier-decked stage and smooth transition from dinner to rock din belied the murderous atmosphere backstage. Graham and Robertson knocked heads often in the planning stages, expenses skyrocketed, epithets were hurled, and Bob Dylan refused to be filmed at the very last minute. Fancy footwork on Graham's part saved the night and got the footage. The Last Waltz was more than the movie; it was a total experience.